Glenn Ferguson will hope that Gary Liggett doesn’t show him what he’s been missing when the former Lisburn Distillery assistant-manager takes Ballymena United to Ballyskeagh today.
He will have plenty of familiar faces in tow, as David Cushley and Gary Thompson — who followed Ferguson to the Braid in the summer — also return to their former club.
Liggett could well have been making a similar journey but decided to stay with Tim McCann’s men and his recent goal-scoring form has proven why he was sought after by Ferguson. Goals, or rather a lack of them, continue to be the Sky Blues’ bugbear, and a lack of a natural finisher to replace Gary McCutcheon still haunts them.
A 2-1 win over Glenavon last weekend was much harder than it should have been, with the Braidmen spurning half a dozen glorious chances, and how Ferguson would love to have seen Liggett on the end of those.
“We made it difficult for ourselves, and I keep saying it if we had a No.9 we’d been winning games comfortably so we’ve got the binoculars out now rather than the glasses looking for a striker!,” he said.
“It’s something we really have to address. We have tried from January and will keep trying and we’ll have to widen the net now to try and get someone.
“It’s frustrating as hell. We could have been five-up at half-time (last week) and had two or three good chances after the break.
“The other player I tried to get was Gary Liggett who might have been the final piece of the jigsaw for us, but he decided to stay and he’s got eight or nine this season, but we’ll keep going.”
The Whites have finally clicked into form and despite their lowly position, Ferguson knows his old side will put it up to his new one.
“There’s no easy games in this league. A lot of teams are on a level par and it’s who gets the wee break or makes the most mistakes on the day,” he added.
“Distillery went to DC and won 3-0 away from home, so they’ll be on a high. They scored nine during the week and two clean sheets, so it’ll be difficult again.”