DERGVIEW coach Gareth Porter said it was hugely important that his team produced a positive performance and positive result in today’s bottom-of-the-table clash at fellow strugglers Knockbreda.
Both sides are propping up the rest on 15 points although Dergview do have two games in hand of most of their rivals given that last Saturday’s game against Newry City was postponed and the match the previous week at home to the PSNI was abandoned because of an injury to a visiting player.
Dergview played a bounce game against Tummery Athletic at a foggy Darragh Park on Tuesday night and were they to win at ‘Breda Park today could lift themselves out of the bottom two ahead of the Boxing Day clash against old foes Ballinamallard United.
Despite being left kicking their heels for nearly three weeks, Porter insisted the players having been working extremely hard in training.
“It’s been a frustrating time having games off and then watching other teams around you picking up points here and there,” he said.
“The boys have been working hard in training and it’s now up to us and them to channel all that frustration we have been feeling into a positive performance on Saturday.
“It’s the first time in a long time that we have a near full strength squad. Graham Young is the only one struggling with a groin injury.
“This time last year we had 14 points from 20 games and this year we have 15 from 17. There are quite a number of teams down around us and were we to win on Saturday that would give everyone a lift for Christmas.”
That, of course, will be easier said than done. ‘Breda recently brought in a new manager and that has had the desired effect in that the Belfast outfit have won three of their last four games.
Last weeked they defeated HW Welders 3-2 and the only game they have lost was against the Mallards. Despite this Porter believes the North Tyrone outfit are more than capable of delivering the goods on the day.
“They have obviously got a bounce from a new manager, we have seen that happen so often. They have a spring in their step but they are down there for a reason,” he continued.
“We need to take our frustrations out on them, do the simple things well and the rest will follow.
“The league remains our bread and butter and it’s about putting points on the board in our next four games.
“We have the North West Senior Cup Final during a busy period between Christmas and New Year and, while it would be nice to win some silverware, the league remains our priority.”