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Boss backing Lecky to scale the heights for Ballinamallard

By Billy Weir

Published 16/09/2016

Manager Gavin Dykes
Manager Gavin Dykes

One swallow does not a summer make and similarly Mallards won't be resting on their laurels after notching up a first league win of the season.

That win came courtesy of Adam Lecky's nerve-jangling injury-time penalty at Glenavon but with Ards coming to Ferney Park this evening (8.00pm) manager Gavin Dykes knows that they still face a tough season.

"When I took the job I knew it was going to be a rebuilding job. How do you follow Whitey Anderson and what he has done for this club?" he said.

"We have a very small budget but it's a really, really good club and it's a club with loads of talent coming through.

"It has been a difficult couple of weeks and we let everyone down last week. We were really poor against Coleraine but the work-rate we showed against Glenavon was fantastic and if we can keep doing that with a big game against Ards."

And for a big game then a big man may be needed again and towering beanpole Lecky is quickly scaling the heights.

Having arrived at the club as a midfielder, Dykes saw his potential as a front man and four league goals this season certainly show that he is flourishing.

"I spoke to him when I came in as manager and said to him 'have you every played as a centre forward and he said no and I said well you are now' and he has been superb for us," added Dykes.

"He's just a menace, he holds the ball up and for a big fella he has great technique and great feet and he comes back and defends corners. He gave Glenavon a really hard time."

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