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Jenkins knows Welders pose a real threat after recent scares

By David Mason

Allan Jenkins insists that Ballymena United know exactly what to expect when they go to Tillysburn for a Tennent's Irish Cup sixth round clash against H&W Welders tomorrow.

The 35-year-old, who has been with the Sky Blues since 2011, has already sampled the Championship side's hospitality on two previous cup visits, so complacency will not be an issue.

"We were there a couple of years ago and were fortunate to come away with a 3-2 win," said the Scot. "We were 2-0 down and missed a penalty. Fortunately, we battled back and Gary Thompson scrambled a winner.

"Then, on a previous visit, they held us to a 1-1 draw and took us to a replay. So we know what awaits us at Tillysburn."

Jenkins has mixed memories from his team's 2014 Irish Cup final appearance - their first in 25 years - against Glenavon.

He recalled: "I was fortunate enough to score, but we were beaten 2-1. We didn't do ourselves justice. It would be nice to reach the final again, but we'll look no further than this game."

United go into the cup tie on the back of a good win over Carrick Rangers last week, bagging two last-minute goals to secure the points, and Jenkins is now hoping for a big end to the season for the Sky Blues.

"I don't like looking too far ahead," he added. "We have this game first up and we are sitting in the top six in the league table. It would be good to go up there for the first time ever when the split happens. It would be great to be in the European qualifiers.

"And we also have the League Cup final against Carrick Rangers to look forward to in a couple of weeks' time, so everything is looking positive at the minute - it could be a fantastic couple of months for us."

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