Taking nothing for granted at Milltown

Ronnie McFall receives the BT Sport November Manager of the Month award from Darren McHugh, BT Sport, and Jackie Fullerton, NIFWA president.
Ronnie McFall receives the BT Sport November Manager of the Month award from Darren McHugh, BT Sport, and Jackie Fullerton, NIFWA president.

Portadown’s first visit to Warrenpoint tonight (Friday) will be like a cup tie says manager Ronnie McFall.

With Warrenpoint playing many of their ‘home’ games at Stangmore Park last season this is the first trip to Milltown for the Ports. And McFall is not taking anything for granted despite the gulf between the sides in the table.

“It may be top against bottom but I’ve been long enough in the game to know what will happen if the players are not fully focused and if we don’t give Warrenpoint the respect they deserve,” said McFall who picked up his second manager of the month award of the season last Friday.

“We also remember the game at Shamrock Park when they were 2-0 up and we had a real battle to get a draw.

“The game will be like a cup tie at the compact venue and if we get the weather forecast then the conditions will have a factor, but we just have to get on with it. It’s great we are in the position of holding top spot, but we have to work even harder to stay there. I always feel it is after Christmas when youcan really start to assess where you are.”

With the transfer window due to open in January the Ports boss says he is not active in the market at the minute.

“January is not normally the best time to go looking for players and I’m not looking at anything in particular. There’s nothing out there now, but if the right player comes along and can make a difference to the squad then I will look at it.”

Kick-off is 7.45pm.