Warrenpoint’s Barry Gray aiming to build on momentum

Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray
Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Warrenpoint Town grabbed a late draw at Cliftonville last weekend, but it was no surprise to manager Barry Gray.

Mark Hughes’ late strike earned Gray’s battlers a vital point and one that lifted them off the bottom of the Danske Premiership table for the first time in months.

Warrenpoint will look to build on that result when the roll out the welcome mat for Whitey Anderson’s Ballinamallard United at Milltown on Friday night.

“I have belief in these boys and if they keep showing the same passion and commitment there is no reason why the can’t get away from the bottom area of the table,” said Gray.

“We were happy with the point at Solitude, but the reality is we could really have taken all three. Their goalkeeper Peter Cherrie pulled off some brilliants saves over the course of the 90 minutes.

“This is now massive game against Ballinamallard, although I keep saying that about every game we play.

“They have been pulled down into the relegation mix, only four points above us. So that is a big incentive for us, we have the chance to close the gap.”

“If we want to climb the table, it is a must-win match and, if you look at our home fixtures until the league split, the target is maximum points from them all.”