Glenn Ferguson has won everything there is to win in local football but he believes keeping Lisburn Distillery in the Carling Premiership would be his greatest achievement.
The 40-year-old striker added to his awesome career goal tally at the Ballymena Showgrounds with the goal that gave the Whites their third league win of the season.
“I’m loving the challenge at Distillery. Obviously most of my career I was up there challenging for trophies and on some occasions winning things, but this is a completely different challenge to me and if I get out of this now and finish my career having got out of this, it would be like winning the league,” declared the ex-Linfield legend.
“We obviously had a horrendous start and if we can dig ourselves out of this and maybe finish 10th or 11th it will be a bit of success for me.”
Distillery are still seven points behind their nearest rivals, Institute, who themselves had a fantastic 2-1 win at title contenders Crusaders, but Spike believes the Londonderry men along with the Whites aren’t the only sides worried about the drop.
“At the end of the day ’Stute are battling for points also and fair play to them getting a win at Crusaders, but we just have to worry about our own results.
“I think Newry might be getting sucked in there as well, so it’s not just Institute and ourselves. Newry haven’t had a really good run of form at the minute and they’ll know that and I suppose they are starting to look over their shoulders now.”
The former Northern Ireland international conceded that some harsh words at half-time from manager Tommy Wright did the trick at the weekend.
“We got it tough at Ballymena, especially in the first half whenever we didn’t play well, and big Tommy let us know at half-time. We held our hands up, to be honest we were not very good.
“We were told to get closer to them, win second balls, create more chances and I think we done that from the first whistle in the second half and then we got the goal, which means you have something to hang onto.
“We are happy we have won two matches away from home with clean sheets.”
Wright himself is convinced that if Ferguson does what he does best and continues to score goals then Distillery will have a chance of moving away from the foot of the table.
“He’s still a top player and I’m going to have to rest him sometimes this season, whenever he won’t want to, but because of that I’m confident that he’ll score at least 12 or 15 goals for us from now until the end of the season.
“I’m pleased that we have got him because when he scores between 12 and 15 goals then we have every chance of staying up.”