Loughgall move another step closer to league safety

Wesley Boyle (left). Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Wesley Boyle (left). Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Loughgall coach Steven Hawe considers the club three points away from safety following last weekend’s defeat of Dundela.

The visitors to Lakeview Park finished with 10 men as Loughgall gained another vital victory in the search for IFA Championship 1 security.

The New Year arrival of Noel Mitchell as manager - with Stephen Uprichard and Hawe joining the backroom team - has sparked a superb upturn in form for the Villagers.

“I think we have picked up more points over the past month or so than all of the other previous games,” said Hawe. “I think another win would see us safe and that is full credit to the players.

“Wesley Boyle offers that bit of quality and he finished with three assists off corner-kicks, with two for Aaron Patterson then an own goal the end product.

“Warner Mullen also scored in our 4-1 win and there is a real bounce in everyone’s step at the minute.

“Wesley has that ability on the ball to deliver from set-pieces but is also natural with either foot and has a good return of goals and assists across the past few games.

“We always knew of the quality here and they have developed really well.

“We could have scored more goals on Saturday and are creating plenty of chances.”

Delight at the run of results had led to a shift in end-of-season targets within Lakeview Park.

“We need to obviously still secure those points for safety but, if we can continue our form and achieve that target, the next goal would be possibly a mid-table position,” said Hawe. “We have a knack at the minute of beating the teams around us but also those draws against Harland and Wolff Welders and Ards could prove vital.

“Anything from Saturday’s trip to Larne would be a great return against a side going really well but we have four fixtures left to try and climb the table.

“The players have responded so well since we came into the club.

“Now it is about trying to push on together.”