It's a fight to the death for survival
While a host of teams are counting down the weeks until the Premiership splits in two, we at Lisburn Distillery are looking further ahead than that.
The majority of clubs have seven or eight fixtures remaining until we're divided into two halves of six but, such is our predicament at the foot of the table, we've only one number to focus on and, ominously, it's 13.
There are no cup ties to distract us or take our minds off things, we have 13 League games remaining to try and save ourselves and, having prayed for Cliftonville to do us a couple of good turns when they twice played Institute the other week, we now need to do ourselves a favour by going to Solitude and getting a result on Tuesday night.
February was always going to be a busy month for teams getting their games in hand out of the way and, having seen Institute take a surprise three points off Dungannon Swifts during the week, we're now level with them in terms of games played.
We will, of course, surpass them in that tally on Tuesday and, with 10 points separating us, it's vital we pick up a result before it's too late.We still have to play ‘Stute twice more this season and, though the six points up for grabs will be of massive value to both teams, they'll count for nothing — from our point of view — unless we can gnaw away at their lead in the interim.
Our recent schedule has seen us up against Linfield, Glentoran, Coleraine, Crusaders and now Cliftonville, but hopefully a run of games against some of the lower sides in the division will give us a chance to show some consistency and put a bit of a run together.
For the full column, see this week's Sunday Life.