Competition for places driving United on, says Ferguson

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Press Eye.
Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Press Eye.

Glenn Ferguson believes that increased competition for places can help his Ballymena United side maintain their impressive early-season form.

After taking 10 points from a possible 12 in their opening four Danske Bank Premiership games, Ferguson made eight changes for the midweek Wasp Solutions League Cup win over Newington.

However, Ferguson is likely to recall his first choice XI as the Sky Blues resume their league campaign on Friday night with a trip to Glenavon (7.45pm).

“We now have a squad where the players we can bring in are the equals of the ones left out,” said Ferguson.

“Tony Kane and Gary Thompson are back from suspension and Brian McCaul is to come in as well.

“We’re playing with confidence rather than arrogance but I don’t want the players to get too carried away. We’re top of the league but it’s still only the first month of the season.

“If we go out with the same attitude, commitment and work-rate we can get a positive result. We will need to keep the ball better because Glenavon have quality players if we lose it.

“We go there with the optimism that we are playing well and if we can take the chances we’re creating, we can certainly take something from the game,” added Ferguson.

* Seven Towers Supporters’ Club transport for Friday’s game leaves Henry Street car park at 6.15pm with the Joker draw taking place before departure.