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Barry Gray visits Windsor Park next Saturday

Barry Gray visits Windsor Park next Saturday

Barry Gray visits Windsor Park next Saturday

Warrenpoint Town 2 Ballinamallard United 2: Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray is happy that Linfield are the team on a strong run at the minute ahead of the meeting between the two sides at Windsor Park on Saturday.

It was against Warrenpoint that the Blues began the current run they are on after a stuttering start to the season and Gray said he would rather they had won against Ards at the weekend.

"If they had a tight game, a draw or a defeat against Ards, would not have been good for us next week," Gray admitted.

"Keeping them on their run is good for us. We'll play them in the same fashion we play any team away from home. If you sit back and let them play, they are only going to cause you more hassle. Our best defensive strength is attacking and that won't change."

Gray was speaking after his side had earned a point against Ballinamallard at Stangmore Park. A fine first-half performance saw them lead 1-0 at the break through a Darren King header before Whitey Anderson's men showed their mettle to score twice after the restart courtesy of strikes from Jason McCartney and Stuart Hutchinson. However, Stephen Hughes converted a 74th minute penalty for Town to earn a draw.

Warrenpoint: J Parr, King, Cowan, Boyle, M Hughes, S Parr, Smith (McMullan, 86 mins), Bagnall, Devlin (Grant, 77 mins), McCabe, S Hughes. Unused subs: Anderson, B Hughes, Havern

BALLINAMALLARD: Murphy, McConkey, Keohane, Carters, Stafford, Kee, Hutchinson, Crawford (Sheridan, 81 mins), C Beacom, Campbell, McIlwaine (McCartney, 46 mins). Unused subs: Rouse, McManus, N Beacom

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Referee: Keith Kennedy (Belfast)


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