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Warrenpoint Town in the mood to keep climbing

When you hail from the Mournes, the prospect of scaling mountains shouldn't have you trembling at the knees.

And that's certainly the case for Barry Gray and his Warrenpoint Town team who hope their upward momentum continues today against Portadown.

It is a daunting challenge for Town, whose journey for their 'home' game with the Ports is much longer than that of the visitors, but with their own ground still under construction to meet Premiership standards, their base remains at Stangmore Park.

"Dungannon is only an hour down the road but it's two, two and a half hours, each week extra that we don't need," Gray said.

"It has its mental impact, there's nothing nicer than sitting in your own changing room in your own ground and that's something that we hope will give us a boost in mid-season. We'll hope to have a fortress-type scenario because we've always been very good at home."

That refurbishment, fingers-crossed, will be complete by New Year, and it can't come soon enough for Gray and his players whose motivation is football and not financial.

"The mountain is big. There are several aspects to climb that most clubs coming up don't have," Gray explained.

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"We have huge financial restrictions, ground restrictions, player and panel restrictions that other clubs don't have, but we're dealing with that and the players have been fantastic.

"They've worked hard and regardless of what happens to us on a Saturday they come back in on a Tuesday and Thursday at training and they're buzzing and ready to go again.

"Some of them were approached by other Premiership clubs in pre-season, offering packages that we can't offer, but we're very conscious and committed to what we've set out to do and that was started mid-season last year and long may it continue."

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