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Nixon's not panicking as Ards aim to get off the mark against Dungannon

By Conor McLaughlin

Something's got to give in the Danske Bank Premiership's basement battle tonight when rock-bottom Dungannon Swifts travel to face Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Neither side has pocketed a solitary point from their three league outings so far this term and both will be bidding to ensure they don't see the season's opening month out with nothing to show for their efforts.

Ards boss Colin Nixon - whose side followed up defeats to Cliftonville and Linfield by falling to another loss against newly-promoted Warrenpoint Town last weekend - refuses to press the panic button despite recent frustrations and insists his men have the arsenal to score their way back into form.

"I thought we had a lot of chances in the second half against Warrenpoint and maybe we should have converted one," he said.

"There was one cleared off the line, we missed one from five yards out, so you have to look at that and think we should have had a goal and maybe a draw would have been a fair result, but unfortunately we've ended up with nothing."

Elsewhere, Ballinamallard United - who got off the mark thanks to last week's battling draw with Cliftonville - will be on the road against a Carrick Rangers side that ended Glentoran's 100% start to the season last time out.

Gavin Dykes hailed his players' performance against the Reds and will be hoping for more of the same at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena this evening.

"We dug in and showed great character and great heart," he explained.

"We had a tough week with losing to Glentoran the way we did, and then the heavy loss against Glenavon after that, but I got great reaction from the players against Cliftonville and hopefully we can push on now."

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