With Premiership survival secured, Tommy Wright is now aiming for a gr-eight finish to the season.
Amazingly just a couple of months after looking doomed at the bottom of the league, Lisburn Distillery can now finish as high as eighth in the table and Wright’s focus is firmly fixed on gaining the two wins that would give his team the chance to do that.
Victory away to Newry City this evening would move the Whites level on points with the border club and they would then face Coleraine at home on Saturday looking for a favour from Ballymena United when they go to Glenavon.
“We’re safe now and the fact that we’re in touch with Ballymena, Newry and Glenavon is remarkable,” said Wright.
“Just because we are safe I don’t want the players to stop now and take the foot off the gas. I want to finish the season on a high.
“We have two games and I want to win them both. That could get us above Glenavon and it would be great if we could do that after everything that we’ve been through.”
The Whites upturn in fortunes and their great escape may be a
shock to some, but not Wright, who despite being written-off always firmly believed in his team’s ability to survive in the top flight.
“It just shows you that anything is possible in sport,” said Wright.
“With three points for a win it really does give you the chance to make up ground.
“We’ve got on our run at the right time and it’s moved us off the bottom. There is only one week of the season left, but we still have a chance to shoot ourselves up the table and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”
In the Ladbrokes.com Championship Loughgall will aim to close in on Donegal Celtic at the top of the table when they travel to Ballyclare Comrades this evening.
DC currently lead the way, with one game to go, but Loughgall have four matches in hand on the west Belfast side and are eight points adrift.
If Loughgall win their matches then they will take the title, but they won’t gain promotion and that will mean DC facing Institute in a play-off.
Coagh United travel to Ballinamallard, hoping to overhaul Ballyclare and avoid relegation.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES: Ballinamallard United v Coagh United (7.45pm), Ballyclare Comrades v Loughgall (7.45pm), Banbridge Town v Ballymoney United (7pm), Carrick Rangers v Ards (7pm).