Mark Stafford is Glenavon’s only absentee for tomorrow’s first home game of the season against Carrick Rangers.

The defender is working his way to match fitness following an operation during pre-season, but he will be featuring for Glenavon’s reserves tomorrow.

Other than his omission, everyone else is available as Glenavon look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

They welcome a Carrick team, under new boss and former Glenavon winger Stuart King, looking to end a run of five games without a win against the Lurgan Blues.

“There’s no easy games in this league, that’s for sure and Carrick will be a tough opponent,” said Gary Hamilton.

“We played Portadown in our opening game of the season and could only draw with them because we didn’t take our chances.

“If we don’t turn up on Saturday with our heads right, and don’t take our chances, then we won’t win the game, it’s as simple as that.”

Gary was impressed by how his forward line did take their chances in last week’s 6-1 win over Warrenpoint.

“It took their goal to kick-start us into action but after that we were very good.

“I think we deservedly won the game. We controlled it from 15-20 minutes in.

“I was so glad to see Andy Waterworth and Fitzy score two goals, as well as Danny coming off the bench to score and Peter as well.

“It’s going to be a long season and we’re going to need all the forwards. It’s been a hard job for me trying to decide who is going to start and thankfully, last week, it came up trumps.”

Saturday’s game (kick-off 3pm) will be the first time that supporters will be able to see Glenavon in their new home strip. Further details on how you can get your hands on one are expected soon.

Tickets for non season-ticket holders are still available by clicking here. Supporters are advised to buy a ticket in order to speed up entry into Mourneview Park.

LAST TIME OUT: Glenavon put themselves on the verge of securing a European play-off spot after a dramatic second half performance at Taylor’s Avenue.

Two goals down after 50 minutes, Glenavon recovered to blast six second half goals past Carrick.

Lee Chapman and Jordan Gibson put the hosts in front, but amazingly an Andy Hall hat-trick, two from Peter Campbell and a Robbie Garrett strike earned the visitors the three points, with Chapman pulling one back for the hosts.


REFEREE: Shane Andrews

ASSISTANT REFEREES: Paul Robinson, Jamie Carnduff



MATCH SPONSOR: Triangle Glenavon Supporters Club

BALL SPONSOR:The Leather Restoration Company