Whitey Anderson: There's more to come from new-look Ballinamallard
Whitey Anderson is calling for judgment to be reserved on his new-look Ballinamallard United team.
All seven of the new faces that arrived at Ferney Park in the summer have been heavily involved in their early season matches and although Anderson is slightly disappointed with a return of four points from as many games, he is certain that the future is bright.
Alvin Rouse kept two early clean sheets and the experience of Emmet Friars and Shane McCabe has bolstered a squad which had lacked a little in that department.
Institute pair Michael McCrudden and Robbie Hume, as well as Aaron Patterson and Adam Leckey, who made the step up from Championship level, have all been integrated into the line-up and Anderson can already see green shoots that he hopes will blossom as the campaign progresses.
"We have a new squad in many respects and I expect to kick on. There will be a lot more to come from them," said Anderson, ahead of tonight's trip to Coleraine.
"Other than a very disappointing performance against Crusaders I've been reasonably happy."
The reaction of his players to that 5-0 hammering at Seaview two weeks ago is a contributing factor to the sense of satisfaction that Anderson is feeling.
Liam Martin's goal in last Saturday's 2-1 loss to Portadown was only the Mallards' second in four games, but the manager is confident that the goalscoring problems that hurt his team last season won't continue to dog them.
"The quality of the performance against Portadown is as good as I've seen at Ferney Park in a while in terms of the football we played and how we defended," said Anderson.
"I think that we will get stronger at the back and carry more of a threat going forward too as the season goes on.
"We didn't just go out and sign players in the summer. We signed players in the right areas and that's important."