Mixing it up to maintain momentum

Players at Gosford Forest Park on Saturday during Annagh United's training run.
Players at Gosford Forest Park on Saturday during Annagh United's training run.

Annagh United have been working hard to maintain the club’s momentum despite a lack of competitive fixtures.

United sit second in the NIFL Championship Two standings but experienced a blank date last weekend and have another on the cards for tomorrow (Saturday).

To protect against the loss of any focus, Dean Smith and his coaching staff introduced a training session at Gosford Forest Park on Saturday then midweek friendly. Another training date will help replace this weekend’s free schedule.

“The players really enjoyed it all on Saturday overall,” said Smith. “In fact, five of the squad took part in a Gosford run that morning then line out for the reserves against The Ambassadors.

“It is about trying to do something a bit different now and again to keep it fresh for everyone.

“Marc Robinson, the Derrighy manager, is a former team-mate of mine from Loughgall and they came down to the Annagh on Tuesday for a friendly.

“It was a really productive night, with plenty of players taking part and keeping up the minutes.

“We will do some training against on Saturday then organise another friendly for next Tuesday.

“Credit to the players for putting in the hard work and it probably helped us get back on track in terms of fitness following the Christmas period.

“Ross Gibson does a great job in terms of planning a programme fore Gosford and the response from the players was really encouraging.”

Stephen Acheson clocked up 90 minutes against Derriaghy as part of his injury rehabilitation. Shane Mulgrew, the recent signings, was also handed playing time in the midweek date.