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Currie has faith in struggling Ards side

By Keith Bailie

Basement club Ards will go into Friday night's game against Ballymena United at Dixon Park looking to secure their first points of the season.

Despite a disappointing start to the season, manager Niall Currie is remaining upbeat about his side's chances of avoiding the drop.

Currie said: "We've been competitive in every game this season, we're perhaps just lacking that little bit of belief.

"I'm not lacking in belief – I have full faith in our side to compete at this level – but I think a few of our players need to realise they're playing in the Premiership because they deserve to be in the Premiership. Against Ballymena we need to go out and perform for 90 minutes and not just for one half.

"We've got the quality to give anybody a game at this level and I've no doubt once we get our first win on the board we will show people what we are capable of."

Ards will be without both Stephen Gordon and Scott Davidson.

Glentoran loanee Gordon picked up a serious knee injury earlier in the week and is expected to be out for at least a month. Davidson meanwhile, is on holiday in America, and will miss both tomorrow's clash and Tuesday's game against Glentoran.

Currie made his 11th signing of the summer when he secured the signature of Dundela striker Mark McClelland ahead of tomorrow night's match against Ballymena United at Dixon Park.

Currie believes McClelland will provide Ards with another alternative.

"I've been a big fan of Mark's since his Ballyclare days, so I'm delighted to have him on board.

"I've got quick forwards and clever forwards, but we didn't have a physical forward within our ranks, so Mark will give us something that we don't have.

"I'm also looking to strengthen the squad in a couple of other areas before the window shuts. We've moved on a few players like Matty Burrows and Daniel Ryan, so we've freed up some of our wage budget."

Ards are also in the market for a goalkeeper after former Glentoran man Michael Dougherty was made available to other clubs. Dougherty has been unable to displace first choice goalkeeper Graeme McKibbin.

Tricky winger William Bingham has also left the club.

Bingham, who won the County Antrim Shield with Ballymena United last season, is expected to join Belfast Telegraph Championship side Carrick Rangers.

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