Provided the weather doesn’t put a stop to it, Glenavon travel to Milltown on Saturday to take on Warrenpoint Town (3pm, please note this game is being streamed live on performasports.com).
With a yellow warning for snow in place from 4am on Saturday morning, this could be another one of those match previews consigned to the bin not long after it’s written.
However, we live in hope that the game will go ahead, as does Gary Hamilton, who goes into the game with a team still feeling confident after their win over Ballymena last week.
“It was good last week to get our confidence up and get a result that we deserve for a change,” he told glenavonfc.com
“There have been a lot of games where we have performed well and not got a result and I’m sure that a lot of people would agree with me on that.
“Last week I thought we controlled the game from start to finish and put in a very professional performance which probably deserved a few more goals and a clean sheet, but it wasn’t to be.
“In this league you have to work for every three points and you’re not going to complain when you get them. The boys have to build on that now and try and string a few results together.
“Unfortunately this year we haven’t been able to get a string of games where we have been getting results in them and we need to start doing that if we’re going to move up the table.”
If Glenavon are to do that on Saturday they will have to do it without the injured Sean Ward and Colin Coates; long-term absentee Calum Birney and the suspended Robbie Garrett.
“Wardy came off at the end of last Saturday and we were hopeful that he was going to make it, but he’s not going to unfortunately,” Gary explained.
“He has a strain on his hamstring. It’s not severe but it’s not worth risking in case it turns into a tear. With the amount of games coming up it doesn’t make sense. We’d be hopeful that he would be back for Tuesday, and if not, then next Saturday.
“Coatesy is still out and so’s Calum. Robbie Garrett is suspended due to having picked up five yellow cards.”
Gary has been keeping an eye on Warrenpoint’s fortunes in recent weeks and has been impressed by what he has seen.
“I watched their game against Cliftonville,” he said. “I watched about 50-60 minutes of it and then I switched over to see the Carrick game because we play them on Tuesday night.
“From what I saw of it Warrenpoint were defintely the better team. They were a bit like ourselves on many occasions this season where they’ve dominated a game of football but found themselves 2-0 behind.
“I watched them against Glentoran and against Coleraine as well and they more than competed in both games.
“They’ve gone into the southern market and brought in a lot of good players. They’re playing well and I think that next year they’ll be a better team again when they’ve got a year behind themselves in the Premiership.
“The players Barry [Gray] has brought in have been good additions and we’ll be in for a tough task, as it was the last time we went down there – there’s no two ways about it.”
LAST TIME OUT: Glenavon moved up to sixth place in the Dankse Bank Premiership table with a 2-1 win over Warrenpoint Town on December 19. Conor McCloskey and Danny Purkis found the net after Alan O’Sullivan had put the Point ahead.
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