Steven Ferguson is calling on his Loughgall team-mates to ignore the high-flying status enjoyed by Harland and Wolff Welders ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) trip to take on the league leaders.
The Welders have set the pace across this season’s NIFL Championship One programme but Ferguson can point to improved Loughgall form as cause for confidence.
“There is a really positive mood around the club at the minute and winning breeds confidence, with our results overall pretty good,” said the experienced midfielder. “Many outside the club will consider the Welders favourites this weekend due to the league position and a panel of players with top-flight experience.
“On a personal level, I love going into a situation like that and even our younger players can take heart from results this season.
“It still comes down to 11 v 11 on the pitch and 90 minutes of football so motivation should never be an issue.”
Loughgall enjoyed a blank date last weekend after claiming the midweek Mid-Ulster Cup scalp of top-flight Portadown. The Welders trip will be followed by another knockout test - a visit to Annagh United in defence of a Bob Radcliffe Cup crown captured at the expense of the Tandragee Road hosts.
“There are only a few players from last season’s Bob Radcliffe Cup win still at Loughgall,” said Ferguson. “Ultimately, anything can happen in a derby and it could come down to one decision the right or wrong way.
“I am suspended but know everyone is looking forward to the match.
“I have been impressed with how Annagh have adjusted this season to stepping up a level.”
Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 2 o’clock, with the midweek visit starting at 7.45.