Belfast Telegraph

Gary Hamilton demanding flying start from Glenavon

By Stuart McKinley

Gary Hamilton has told his Glenavon players that they must come out flying if they are to stop Ballinamallard United tonight.

The highest scoring team in the league comes up against the tightest defence in the country at Ferney Park and Hamilton wants to see his strikers display the same form that has seen them hit 12 goals in their opening four Premiership games – not to mention the six they put past the PSNI in the League Cup last week.

He is, however, concerned that any repeat of Friday night's 3-3 draw with Dungannon Swifts, when Hamilton felt that his team didn't get going until after half-time, could be fatal.

"We certainly can't afford a slow start down at Ballinamallard," said Hamilton.

"Last season we were behind inside a couple of minutes in both games down there so we need to be on our toes right from the first whistle.

"They've only conceded one goal this season so it won't be an easy game, but hopefully the players we've brought in will see us improve our record against them this season."

Hamilton was left thinking about what might have been after that 3-3 thriller at Stangmore Park. Glenavon had led going into the final couple of minutes before Darren Boyce levelled.

A win would have sent the Mourneview Park men into fourth place in the league table, but they have still only lost once.

"We started the second half like a house on fire and after getting or noses in front it was frustrating that we didn't win it as we created a lot of chances," said Hamilton.

"If David Rainey's header had gone in I think we would have gone on to win it comfortably.

"The lads did show good spirit and effort in the second half, but it shouldn't take until the second half until we start to perform and that is something we have been trying to put right."

Guy Bates has hit four of Glenavon's 12 goals so far and the form of his frontment is keeping Hamilton on the bench.

He has yet to pick himself from the start of a game this season.

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