Consistency the target for Ferguson

Steven Ferguson. Pic by PressEye Ltd
Steven Ferguson. Pic by PressEye Ltd

Daniel Ryan’s weekend hat-trick pushed his tally to six goals in as many appearances - but of greater value to Loughgall’s overall progress is a run of four consecutive wins across all competitions.

The Villagers now sit fifth in the NIFL Championship One standings ahead of a Lakeview Park clash this weekend with Larne.

Experienced midfield ace Steven Ferguson is delighted with the current form and feeling of optimism within the club.

“No-one is making any claims about what is going to happen this season but we should take confidence from the recent results,” said Ferguson. “This league is so tight and any team can get a result on any matchday.

“We probably did not get the full credit for beating Ards and I do not think many sides will go to Dergview and sit 4-0 up going into the closing stages.

“When you add those back-to-back league results to the two previous cup wins then it is a positive run.

“With such a young squad you must expect inconsistency but more experienced players like myself should be able to help on that front.

“Overall, we just want to keep on working hard and see how everything develops.”

Ryan’s arrival in August has added an extra edge to the Loughgall attack and led to a promising partnership with Warner Mullen.

“We changed the formation recently from 4-3-3 and the front pairing of Daniel and Warner is working well.

“Warner has done well since joining the club and has that ability to keep possession even with one or two defenders around him.

“His hold-up play is great and then you have Daniel as a different style of forward who doesn’t want the ball to feet but instead out in front.

“I don’t think anyone can catch Daniel in a race and he also has that finishing skill to put away the chances.

“On Saturday against Dergview he scored one header, put away a one v one then curled home his third.

“That combination is exciting and the variety can really cause problems for defenders.

“The fact that we went into Saturday without some of our more established players and still got the win tells a story about the depth.

“Maybe some would look at our squad at the start of the season and think we had a panel of maybe 12 players or so ready for this level.

“The guys selected have been able to prove they can compete so there is that added depth which can be so important.

“We just want to keep on picking up results.

“Our form bodes well but everyone is keen to just keep a low profile, work hard and make sure we can be as consistent as possible.”

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