IRISH LEAGUE: Whitey Anderson and Ballinamallard moving on from Mourneview mauling

Whitey Anderson
Whitey Anderson

Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson is demanding a response when his team entertain Glenn Ferguson’s Ballymena United at Ferney Park on Saturday.

The Mallards reeled in 10 points last month – shooting them to eighth place in the Danske Bank Premiership table – which earned Anderson the top manager’s award for October.

But instead off helping inspire the Fermanagh men to better things, it had the adverse affect . They slumped to a horrible 5-1 defeat against Glentoran at Mournevew Park last weekend.

“I’ll be looking for an improvement, that’s for sure,” said Anderson. “Five minutes of pure madness cost us.

“We were still well in the game in the second but we lost it over the space of a few minutes, which completely killed it.

“That obviously handed Glenavon that little bit of impetus – they were 4-1 up. It meant we were chasing it, so it was basically game over at that stage. We now now drawn a line under it – we move on.”

Ballinamallard clocked up their first home win of the season a fortnight ago with a convincing success against Warrenpoint Town. Anderson insists his boys must now build on that.

“Apart from last weekend, our away form has been good,” he added: “So it was nice to get the ‘home’ money off our backs. Ballymena our like ourselves, they are fighting for every point and it will not be easy.”