IRISH LEAGUE: Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray hopes tide turns for his basement battlers

Barry Gray
Barry Gray

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray insists his team’s luck must turn sometime soon.

The County Down team remain marooned at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table, four points adrift of Dungannon Swifts.

They have won only once in 13 starts – and relegation appears to be more of a probability rather than a possibility.

Town travel to Ferney Park on Friday night to face a rejuvenated Ballinamallard United side, knowing they must start putting points on the board before it’s too late.

Gray’s lads approach the crucial showdown still smarting from last weekend’s injury time defeat by Glentoran when Jim O’Hanlon hit a 94th-minute winner.

“It’s so frustrating,” said Gray. “When you are in injury time and not having conceded, you need to protect it. It was a case of so near, yet so far.

“We spoke at half time and we agreed that they were most dangerous from set piece situations. It was ironic that one finally paid off form them so late in the game.”

Gray, who will again be missing the injured Johnny Parr and John McGuigan, also believes his boys have problems at the other end of the pitch -- putting the ball in the net.

“We are not scoring and we don’t look likely to score either,” he added. “We are looking for somebody to produce a little piece of magic to give us a bit of breathing space in games.

“But there is no point feeling sorry for ourselves. Performances haven’t been all the bad. I can’t be too critical because the players are giving it their all.

“We need a little bit of luck to turn things. Ballinamallard will be another tough game. They have put together a few good results of late, so we know what to expect.

“It would be another difficult game, but we must go there looking for a result. We are not altogether happy about having the fixture brought forward to Friday, but we’ll get on with it.

Ballinamallard go into the game, having racked up their first ever win over Portadown at Shamrock Park.

“We’ve have won at Linfield, Glentoran and Portadown this season. We now need four first home victory of the season,” said boss Whitey Anderson.

Midfield duo, Cahill Beacom and Shane McCabe again miss out due to injury.