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Ferguson is keeping Ballymena selection options open

Glenn Ferguson is facing a selection dilemma as he attempts to arrest Ballymena United's slide down the table.

It's not so long ago that the Sky Blues were at the top of the pile, but a run of only one win in eight games - a spell which has also seen them collect just six points out of a possible 24 - has left them sitting in eighth position.

While the goals haven't been flowing as much as they were at the start of the season, the main problem for Ferguson seems to be at the other end.

And now goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson is facing a challenge for his spot.

The club's other shot-stopper, Stuart Addis, has returned to fitness and is putting the pressure on Nelson.

Nelson committed a real howler on Saturday and has looked shaky in recent games and Ferguson feels that a lack of a threat to his place may have been a contributing factor.

Ballymena conceded four times against Glenavon last Saturday and at least two in each of the four games before that. Unsurprisingly they failed to win any of those matches.

Another four were conceded on Tuesday night as they bowed out of the County Antrim Shield after a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Cliftonville.

"Because of the injury to Stuart Addis there's been no pressure on Dwayne. He says that's nothing to do with it, I don't agree with that," said Ferguson.

"Players need to be on their toes because they know there's someone breathing down their neck and Stuart is now fit so Dwayne will be looking over his shoulder as will every other one of the rest of them."

Belfast Telegraph