Fottball: Buoyant Institute hope to extend winning run
Institute travel to mid-table Tobermore United this Saturday in confident mood, following another home victory over Moyola Park at the weekend.
The win over Moyola means 'Stute continued their unbeaten record at the Riverside Stadium this season and also moved them to a single point behind leaders Carrick Rangers.
Nevertheless boss Liam Beckett isn't taking anything for granted when his side visit Fortwilliam Park and he'll be telling his players that they will have to match United's battling spirit.
"I know they lost at Ards last week, but Tobermore will be looking to bounce back and get something against us, so we'll have to be ready for whatever they throw at us," vowed Beckett.
"There is a bit of rivalry between us and Tobermore, and 'Stute seems to be the team to beat at the minute. We are aware of the fact that everyone is looking to chin us, but we are ready for it.
"We are showing good character this season and I think on Saturday we showed tremendous character against Moyola in the second half and we'll need that this week again.
"We have a cup final after the Tobermore game before playing returning to league action at Portstewart so the big games keep coming thick and fast.
"We keep another clean sheet and collected another three points against Moyola so it's onwards and upwards for us," added the Institute supremo.
Both sides have already met this season in the Craig Memorial Cup with in-form hitman Ryan Campbell scoring all the goals in Institute's 4-0 success.
United have two ex-Institute players in their squad with striker Gavin Doherty and defender Graeme Philson, and along with former Limavady United winger Paul Owens also in the squad, there certainly is an interesting North West angle to the encounter.
Tobermore go into the clash on the back of a miserable run as they have lost their last three matches in the First Division. And to make matters worse, they are leaking goals for fun, conceding 11 goals in those games.
For the visitors they can't stop scoring, having found the opponents' net 11 times in their last five matches with record breaker Campbell scoring five goals in as many games.