INSTITUTE’s race for promotion has been severely disrupted in recent weeks therefore manager, Paul Kee (right) is anxious to return to action on Easter Saturday when they entertain bottom of the table side, Bangor. (Kick-off 3p.m.)
The Drumahoe club haven’t played since their Intermediate Cup semi-final victory over Banbridge Town on March 19th last.
And they’ve been out of action in the league since their March 2nd win over Loughgall due to last weekend’s postponement of the Carrick Rangers match.
The result, of course, is a heavy fixture pile-up over the next four weeks but Kee is delighted to finally return to action this weekend as the season reaches its climax.
Many would expect ‘Stute to claim the three points against the struggling ‘Seasiders’ who are fighting for their survival in the division but, for that very reason, Kee believes his troops are in for a tough test.
“We have to try any win every game,” said the ‘Stute boss. “We are going to probably have a busy schedule coming up, so we want to try and keep the momentum going and each game now is important.
“So that is something that will be put across to the players on a consistent basis.
“To be honest I think they know that anyway, because they have been training well and their form is good at the minute, but it has to be at this time of the year.”
As the season enters the final straight Kee expects his players to rise to the occasion.
“The likes of Declan McKeever and Darren McCauley have definitely started to show they are gaining from this end of season experience and personally I think there is more to come from Dean Jarvis and Michael McCrudden.
“I’m hoping Robbie Hume has an impact during the run-in, because he has come in this year and he has put in a real good shift, both on and off the pitch, his training and application to things has been first class. “He’s just catching up with games, but we have been really pleased with him and we think he’s going to be one for the future as well.
“So hopefully the young players can learn from what is happening now and then obviously the experienced players like Paddy McLaughlin, Joe Gray, Stephen Parkhouse and Aaron Walsh know what it’s about to play in championship winning or promotional teams, so I’m hoping that mix will help us gain a place in the top two,” he concluded.