Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray looking to build on good result

Barry Gray
Barry Gray

Warrenpoint Town’s Barry Gray admits he still has to pinch himself when he reflects on his team’s most recent result!

The Milltown lads chalked up their biggest ever Danske Premiership victory - a 7-0 thumping of Ballinamallard United in front of their home fans on a memorable Friday night.

But Gray admits Town will require all their battling qualities when they travel to Mourneview Park on Saturday to face Glenavon.

A marvellous sequence of results has resulted in Town bouncing off the bottom of the league table and, even though they are still in the thick of a relegation fight, their survival chances have improved enormously.

“Full credit to the boys,” said Gray “Their performances have been good over the past nine games or so and we’ve been edging in the right direction.

“The win over Ballinmallard meant so much to us, the boys did a real professional job. Clean sheet. Defensively strong. Seven goals and our work rate was super. You can’t ask for much more.

“We led 3-0 at the break and I asked the question: ‘Can we be professional about this? Can we finish the game and close the door?’ They provided the perfect answer.

“The goal difference is a massive boost for us. It was a real statement to the teams around us. The Ballinamallard result will give the boys belief.

“It puts us in an excellent frame of mind for the Glenavon game. If the boys are not in a confident mode after that win they never will be.”

Striker Daniel Hughes is expected to return to the club on Saturday after spending the week on trial with Neil Lennon’s Bolton Wanderers.

Meanwhile, Kris Lindsay returns to the Glenavon squad. Glenavon new signing, defender David Elebert, who was formerly with Shamrock Rovers and Derry City, will require to improve his match fitness before being considered.