INSTITUTE’S joint manager, Paul Carlyle believes his side can turn around its recent poor run and claw their way back into the promotion race with victory over bottom of the table side, Glebe Rangers at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow. (Kick-off 3 p.m.)
Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Ards signalled the club’s third successive league loss but Carlyle isn’t getting overly worried as a win against Glebe tomorrow and Banbridge Town on December 17th could claw Ballinamallard’s lead back to four points.
However, the Drumahoe outfit will have to secure a much needed win without the services of regular centre-half John Curran (above) who begins the first of his two match suspension and left-back, Dean Jarvis who is on holiday.
Indeed, with the fixture brought forward a week, a number of the ‘Stute players had made alternative arrangements, and will miss tomorrow’s clash.
Midfielder, Thomas McBride is expected to return to the squad, however, and Caryle has targetted six points from their upcoming matches against the bottom two teams in the Irish Championship One table
“We should be looking for six points from the next two games so it’s all to play for,” said Carlyle. “We’ll get it right eventually. The Transfer Window comes into play in January and we’ll be bringing new bodies in, so if we can keep in touch with the leaders we should be okay.
“If we’re within touching distance of the leaders at that point then there’s still half a season left to play so we’ll be very much still in the race.
“We have been creating chances in our last three matches but just haven’t been having the luck. The players all have to look at themselves and ask if they’re doing enough so hopefully we get a response on Saturday,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, ‘Stute have been drawn against North West rivals, Limavady in the fourth round of the JJB Sports Irish Cup to be played at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, December 10th.