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Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson will still aim high despite lack of firepower

By Stuart McKinley

Whitey Anderson would love to unearth a 20-goal a season striker, but the Ballinamallard United manager admits that doing so would probably only be a short-term solution.

The Mallards ratio so far in this season's Danske Bank Premiership is less than a goal a game.

After scoring 40 in 38 matches last season and 35 in the previous campaign, Anderson is well aware of his need for extra firepower.

Finding a player capable of banging in a high number of goals is difficult enough, but holding on to that type of quality is a different prospect altogether.

"Every manager would love to have a striker who will score you 20 goals a season," said Anderson, whose team face Carrick Rangers tomorrow.

"The problem for clubs at the lower end of the table is that once you have a guy like that it attracts interest and he isn't at your club for long before someone comes in and takes him away.

"That's just the way things are.

"I thought I had one last year when we managed to sign Anthony Elding, but that just didn't work out."

The Ferney Park men are in the middle of a pack of seven teams, from sixth to 12th, who are separated by just three points.

Anderson has previously stated that he believes his team will get stronger as the season goes on, with a large number of new signings still to fully integrate themselves in the squad.

He also has confidence in those fresh faces to push the team up the table and well away from a relegation fight.

Indeed, Anderson's ambitions are much higher than that.

"We haven't just gone out and signed players for the sake of it," he said.

"We have signed players in the areas that we needed to strengthen and I think there will be more to come from us as we get used to each other.

"Every team sets their target as trying to get into the top six when the split comes, but the very least we should be aiming for is seventh and trying to get into the European play-off."

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