Annagh United manager Nigel Armstrong accepts the club’s Championship One status now remains beyond the control of the Tandragee Road side.
Annagh return to action tomorrow (Saturday) following a blank weekend with a visit to Knockbreda.
Knockbreda can look back on the Irish Cup rout against Annagh by 5-1 for inspiration ahead of the vital league date.
Irrespective of past wounds, however, Armstrong accepts Annagh must remain positive across the remaining three fixtures - but also hope other results fall in United’s favour.
“It is far from the ideal situation but our only target is to get as many points on the board as possible and hope other teams can help us out overall,” said Armstrong. “Knockbreda have extra games left to play so the mid-table position is probably a false reflection of the quality they can boast on the books.
“We certainly had to endure a tough night in the Irish Cup match and should expect another difficult test this weekend.
“However, we have to focus on our own game and will approach the match determined to get something from the road trip.
“We have a derby against Loughgall and match with Donegal Celtic to complete the league schedule.
“Everything is still quite tight so no side can afford to really relax.”
“We will be looking at other results, with Bangor and Dergview both three points above us.”
Annagh can welcome back Chris McElroy and Armstrong is confident the striker’s work ethic will add an edge.
“Chris puts in so much work and keeps the opposition busy with his running,” said Armstrong. “It is great to have him back.”