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Nixon dedicated to improving Ards regardless of his own future

Ards 1-0 Glenavon

By Keith Bailie

Colin Nixon may have virtually secured Ards' place in the Danske Bank Premiership for next season, but his own future remains uncertain.

His side moved 15 points clear of Carrick Rangers on Saturday thanks to a 1-0 win over Glenavon, but Nixon - who replaced Niall Currie in December - has not yet been offered a new contract.

He said: "A new deal is not my main concern at the moment, I'm just focusing on improving Ards Football Club so they can become a stable Premiership club. That's why we've moved quickly to re-sign a number of players because I want Ards to have a solid base for next season, regardless of who the manager is.

"The chairman asked me to come in and steer the club towards safety, and we're very close to doing that, but what happens next isn't up to me.

"I'll just keep plugging away each week and try to get as many points on the board.

"I'm very pleased with our win over Glenavon. It wasn't a fantastic display but it was a clean sheet and another three points."

On Saturday, visiting goalkeeper James Taylor saved Michael Ruddy's stoppage time penalty, only for the Ards left-back to smash home the rebound.

Glenavon gaffer Gary Hamilton reflected: "We made a lot of changes, resting 12 players, but if you actually look at the team we selected, there was plenty of experience out there.

"Most of the guys out there have played over 100 games at league level, so I'm disappointed that we lost the game.

"I actually don't think we deserved to lose the game as we had more of the play, but we didn't take our chances.

"It some ways, that's been the story of our season. We give ourselves a good platform but we don't finish games off and Ards punished us for that. That's why we're not in the top three or four."

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