Loughgall will travel to Ballyclare Comrades tomorrow (Saturday) aiming to transport the positives from back-to-back home fixtures into welcome points.
A draw with high-flying Ards helped boost confidence levels around Lakeview Park and Saturday’s visit by the NIFL Championship One leaders, Bangor, may have resulted in a 7-2 reverse but the Villagers remain encouraged by performance levels.
“We were close to a win against Ards but that point could prove vital overall at the end of the season,” said Loughgall coach Steven Hawe. “Certain moments against Bangor went against us but, to be honest, anything from those games can be considered a bonus.
“The real story of our season will come down to fixtures against sides based around us in the league table, with this weekend’s visit to Ballyclare the perfect example.
“We have a few games left with sides sitting towards our part of the table and need to pick up points from those games to move away from the bottom and close the gap on teams above us.”
Loughgall had Ryan Moffatt and Wesley Boyle on target against Bangor - with both players also hitting the crossbar during Loughgall’s encouraging attacking performance. Bangor’s final three goals arrived with Loughgall reduced to 10 men following the loss of Ricky Copeland to injury after the introduction of three substitutes.
“Different moments did not go our way so the scoreline makes it seem less positive than we felt overall,” said Hawe. “We hit the bar a couple of times and had two great chances to make it 3-2 before half-time.
“The loss of Ricky to injury was a problem, allowing Bangor to grab a few late goals.
“Overall, we can see things falling into place and feel confident the defensive side can only get better over time.
“Work on the training ground will help us to iron out quite a few of the problems and the squad strength is getting better, with our options improving all the time.
“It is going to be a battle between now and the end of the season but we have attacking quality that can hopefully make a difference in those tight fixtures against sides similar to our own league position.”
Kick-off away to Ballyclare Comrades tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock.