IRISH LEAGUE: Survival key for Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron. Photo: Presseye
Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron. Photo: Presseye

Gary Haveron admits survival is “the name of the game” for Carrick Rangers this season.

A waterlogged pitch at Taylor’s Avenue has forced the basement battlers on the road for the foreseeable future.

Haveron’s side will have to play a number of successive away fixtures until their home pitch recovers from the recent bad weather.

That run continues on Saturday when they travel to Ferney Park to face Ballinamallard United.

“The bread and butter is the Premiership and staying in the top flight. Survival is the name of the game,” Haveron said.

“We beat Ballinamallard 3-1 earlier in the season at Ferney Park. A repeat would be nice.

“It will be tough, but the surface will suit us down there as it is a good pitch.

“We have to take care of the league situation we are in, and we can only do that by getting results.

“We have some big games against the likes of Ballinamallard, Warrenpoint, Dungannon coming up. These are the games we will be judged on.

“The games against the top six are bonus games. Anything we get from games against the Crusaders’, Cliftonvilles and Linfields are bonus points.

“We look at the bottom half of the table, and we have taken points off most of the teams around us.

“We don’t know when we will return to Taylor’s Avenue. We can’t control the weather. So we have to do as best as we can on the road.”