Whitey Anderson looking to climb the table as he plots late rally

Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson
Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson

Ballinamallard United chief Whitey Anderson believes his team must take advantage of home comforts when they roll out the welcome mat for Glenavon at Ferney Park on Saturday.

The Ducks are on the periphery of Danske Bank Premiership safety, having roared nine points clear of basement side Institute.

But Anderson prefers to look up, rather than down.

He now has eighth-placed Ballymena United in his sights as his boys look to maintain their impressive recent home form.

“We’re unbeaten in the last four games at Ferney Park, so hopefully we can keep that going,” he said.

“We are now at the stage of the season that every game is a cup final.

“Thankfully, we’ve managed to put a bit of daylight between ourselves and the team’s below us.

“Depending on Ballymena’s result at Dungannon on Friday night, we could find ourselves in the position of pulling to within one point of them come Saturday.

“We are approaching every game now in a positive frame of mind.

“The team has really shown a great response following the hammering (7-0) we took at Warrenpoint five of six weeks back.

“We have drawn with Linfield and Portadown. Our aim is to close the door in any possibility of being drawn into a relegation battle.”

Anderson admits that Glenavon’s form has been erratic – and doesn’t know what to expect.

“It all depends on what Glenavon team turns up,” he adds. “They can be fantastic or they can be ordinary enough. Hopefully, it’s the latter.

“They have but claimed their place in the top six, but we must focus on what is required to win the game. We have been playing with great intensity of late and hopefully, we can keep that going.

“Our confidence is high – we are looking forward to it.”

United will be missing Johnny Lafferty, Chris Crilly for the game.

“Lafferty must sit out the second of a two game ban,” added Anderson. “Crilly is suffering from a thigh strain, while Stephen Feeney is rated only 50-50 due to a knee injury. He has been carrying it and it’s just not right.”

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton will miss out due to injury and suspension, while young defender Rhys Marshall must sit this one out after being dismissed against Crusaders a fortnight ago.