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Ards boss Niall Currie wants four more wins to stay up

By Keith Bailie

Ards have another chance to save their season, as they prepare to take on Warrenpoint Town at Clandeboye Park tonight (8pm).

Having won only six league games all season, Ards are eight points adrift of this evening's opponents with just five games left to play.

A win tonight will see the deficit reduced to five points, while a defeat is likely to condemn them to relegation to the Championship.

Ards boss Niall Currie is targeting four wins from the last five Premiership games in order to beat the drop.

"I don't see any reason why we can't get 12 points, that's what we've got to aim for," said Currie.

"Obviously it's a big ask but we're not going to give up without a fight.

"We've home games against Warrenpoint Town, Ballinamallard United and Coleraine, so we've got to target those games.

"If we were able to win four games then we would have 33 points. You'd be very unlucky to go down with 33 points."

Ards will be without two of their key men for tonight's clash. Sean Cleary will miss the game through suspension, while captain James Cully picked up a knee injury against Crusaders that is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season. Winger Craig McMillen is also doubtful with a heel injury.

Ards beat Barry Gray's Warrenpoint 2-0 three weeks ago at Stangmore Park, with Mark Burns and William Faulkner finding the back of the net. Currie is hoping Ards can produce a similar performance.

"We've a great opportunity to beat Warrenpoint. We played them at Dungannon earlier this month and we beat them, so I'm sure we can do it in front of our own fans," said Currie.

"We've got a responsibility to the people who work for this club and the people who pay our wages. They've worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get this club into the Premiership, so we owe it to them to fight until the very last whistle.

"Our supporters have been fantastic all season. Hopefully there will be a big turn out for the Warrenpoint game."

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