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Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray hoping to slam brakes on Ballymena United

By Stuart McKinley

Barry Gray isn't concerned at facing the team with the longest unbeaten record in the league as his Warrenpoint Town side go in search of a desperately needed victory.

The Milltown boss has declared that Ballymena United's current six-match run without defeat has to come to an end some time - and he wants it to be tonight.

"The positive way of looking at Ballymena's form is that runs like theirs are there to be broken," said Gray.

"Somebody has to pop their bubble and I hope that it's us.

"We need a result somewhere along the line in these post-split games and I hope the wait doesn't go on any longer because it's too close for comfort."

Gray will restore Stephen Moan to the starting line up after he missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Ballinamallard United through suspension.

The unlucky defender has been sent off in all three previous meetings with Ballymena this season.

"It's vital we keep 11 men on the pitch," said Gray.

Ballinamallard are the only team in the bottom six other than Ballymena to have taken something from their two post-split matches and they can edge closer to safety if that continues when they travel to take on Dungannon Swifts.

The game with most riding on it at the foot of the table comes at Taylors Avenue, where Carrick Rangers host Portadown. Victory for Gary Haveron's side would move them level on points with the Ports, with two games to go.

And if both Ballinamallard and Warrenpoint were to win too it would really drag the troubled Shamrock Park outfit into the mire. In contrast a win for Portadown and a defeat for Point would move them eight points off the bottom and safe from automatic relegation.

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