Banbridge Town have dedicated their much-needed win on Saturday to the late Uel Wilson.
A former member, Committee member and the father of Town’s star striker Ally, Uel passed away last week before Town got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Tobermore United on Saturday.
“It was a big game for us and the circumstances surrounding the game made it a big, big win which the players and management all want to dedicate to Uel, Ally and the Wilson family,” said Town boss Ryan Watson.
It was only Town’s second league victory of the season and the manager is hoping it will be the catalyst for a revived season with another home game coming up on Saturday, Coagh United this time the visitors (kick-off 3pm).
“We were confident going into the game because we were playing well but we still had to deliver it and the players did that really well. Now we can take the confidence on and look to get another three points on Saturday,” he said.
Their starting line-up could again feature some of the club’s promising young players, who are surely making their mark on the team, not least during Saturday’s win, in which debutant Declan Loy netted the fourth goal.
“They’re showing that we have a strong future ahead,” said Watson. “Davey Gray has done very well, then we had Gareth Orr who has played right-back for the past couple of match and hasn’t put a foot wrong.
“On Saturday Declan Loy came off the bench and finished superbly for his goal and we had Jordan Hayes coming on to make his debut as well.
“These guys have come up through the ranks in the Juniors and been brought through the Reserve team. Anthony Blackburn and Chris Beattie have done a great job of helping them to progress.
“It’s nice to see that’s happening and they’re proving they are capable of playing at first team level.
“When they do that, it’s important that we show faith in them and keep them in there. They’re at a tough age to be playing Championship Two football and it’s my job to manage them but if they are playing well and are enjoying it, then there’s no reason why they can’t stay in even when the more senior players are available.”