Annagh set sights on home comfort

Shea Campbell. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Shea Campbell. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Annagh United manager Dean Smith is searching for some home comfort to add to the club’s promotion push.

United welcome Portstewart to Tandragee Road tomorrow (Saturday) aiming to bolster a points return considered one of the season’s few frustrations.

Victory last weekend away to basement side Ballymoney United helped Annagh extend the club’s unbeaten run on the road.

In contrast, every one of Annagh’s five defeats this season has arrived despite the opportunity for home advantage.

“It is strange because last season we looked so good at home following the pitch redevelopments,” said Smith. “It is something we want to change to help the team move forward.

“Our away form has been really good so we want to get back to our strong home record.”

Annagh had a Shea Campbell hat-trick - plus goals from Paul Stretton and Richard Allen - to thank for league success on Saturday at Ballymoney United.

“It was a difficult day, with much of the ball spent in the air it seemed,” said Smith. “We had to cope with that and were looking comfortable then 3-2 down at one stage.

“However, even at 3-2 I was confident of our chances and credit must go to the players for creating the chances and adding that finishing touch.

“Shea is as good a finisher as around the game and few have Scott McCordick’s ability on the ball or with his back to goal,” said Smith. “With that partnership in attack you always have a chance to make something happen and the team worked hard.”

Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock.