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Ballinamallard boss close to bringing in fresh talent

By Laure James

Gavin Dykes is confident he has as many as three players lined up for a move to Ferney Park. The Ballinamallard United boss is striving to strengthen the Fermanagh side as he prepares to host Crusaders tomorrow.

"We do hope to strengthen in the New Year, and I've two or possibly three I'm waiting to agree things with, both attacking and defensive players," he said.

"Crusaders will be tough, very hard. At the moment we're letting in goals for fun, and you have to be able to see out 90 minutes against Crusaders.

"They play a certain way but we'll work hard to contain them, our boys are doing everything they can to pick up points."

The Crues have won three of their seven Premiership encounters at Ferney Park, while the 10th-placed Mallards have managed to hold Stephen Baxter's troops to draws in Fermanagh in the last two seasons.

Crusaders ace Declan Caddell, meanwhile, claims they are far from firing on all cylinders and says Dykes' men will be well organised.

"We played our best football in the first year that we won the league, we blew teams away and were very convincing," the midfielder said.

"Last year we had to work a bit harder for it and this year, most players and myself I think would say we've not played as well as we did in either of the two years we were champions.

"Having said that, we're still top and winning games. We have that winning mentality.

"Against Glentoran we dropped points but we've played the best we have all season over the past couple of weeks, so hopefully we've more to come.

"Ballinamallard is a tough place to go, it's a real hard job to go down there. I don't think any player from up here ever wants to go. They've got good players with big Adam Lecky up front, they're very hard to break down.

"The risk with them is they could hit you on the break, so it is definitely a hard game for us, one of a few tough ones we have coming up, but hopefully we'll concentrate on it well and get three points."

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