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Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray aims to keep run rolling on

By Ian Callender

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray admits that anything they get from tomorrow night's game against Linfield will be a bonus but the Premiership's basement side have momentum.

A 3-1 victory over Portadown at Shamrock Park took their points tally to 22 from the last 39 on offer and, with four home matches after the split against the teams immediately above them, another year in the big time is suddenly a real possibility at Milltown.

"It's a tough game on Tuesday but Ballinamallard ran them close last week so hopefully we can put on a good show," said Gray.

"We're always confident we can take something from a game and if we do it will put us in a good run of form going into the first two games in the split.

"Psychologically it's important to play at home and our form has been good for the last few months so, fingers crossed it proves that way."

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It's the polar opposite at Portadown who, over the same 13-game period since just before Christmas, have taken just four points and are now just five points above Warrenpoint, who responded to Marcio Soares' early strike through Conor McDonald before a Stephen Murray double.

"We have a group of players used to winning but reputation counts for nothing and we have got ourselves sucked into a relegation fight," said Ports caretaker boss Pat McGibbon.

In the afternoon's other game, Curtis Allen netted either side of a James Wright equaliser as Glentoran defeated Carrick Rangers 2-1 at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena.

"Over the season I don't think we've created that many chances, we haven't scored many goals as a team so it's been important for me to keep working on the chances I do get and I'm hitting the target," said Allen.

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