INSTITUTE have certainly turned the corner following what was a hesitant to the Irish League Championship season.
Indeed, last weekend’s North-West Derby victory over Limavady United at Rathmore Road sees the Drumahoe men now seeking six wins on the spin when they welcome Warrenpoint to the Riverside Stadium tomorrow afternoon. (Kick-off: 3.00 p.m.)
And for joint team boss, Paul Carlyle (pictured below), everything is going to plan but nothing can be taken for granted despite the positive statistics.
“At the start of the season we made it clear that it would take time for the team to gel before getting results and slowly, but surely, things started to turn in the right direction,” admitted Carlyle.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s fixture, Carlyle claimed he knew very little about the quality of tomorrow’s opponents, but noted Warrenpoint’s victory over Harland & Wolff Welders last weekend.
“To be perfectly honest, I don’t know too much about them, but their win over the ‘Welders’ was a big one, so they will travel up to the Drumahoe with confidence.
“But we’re only concerned with ourselves and while we’ve gone on a winning run that has given us confidence. Winning, like losing, can become a habit and our players seem to be enjoying their football and confidence is high at the monent,” he added.
The ‘Stute boss agreed that the recent addition of senior personnel such as Paddy McLaughlin, Dean Jarvis, Sean McCarron and Stephen Parkhouse, has had a a major impact in Drumahoe over recent weeks.
“The new signings have made a difference but, at the same time, the boys who were always there have also knuckled down and continue to work very hard, so collectively from the staff through to the players, everything is starting to fall into place for us.
“That said, we are nowhere near the finished article, that’s going to take time and there’s still plenty of things to get sorted out,” he claimed.
On the team front, Institute will be without defender, John Curran and central midfielder, Thomas McBride, due to suspension but striker, Stephen Parkhouse, is expected to return to the squad to face Warrenpoint.