Town remain upbeat as club slip to bottom of the table

Banbridge Town Manager Ryan Watson. INBL1537-273PB
Banbridge Town Manager Ryan Watson. INBL1537-273PB

The Banbridge Town squad are remaining positive despite falling to the foot of Championship Two.

A 0-0 draw at Moyola Park on Saturday coupled with a first win of the season for Portstewart meant Town dropped to bottom spot but manager Ryan Watson is sure things will soon turn around.

“We’re not far off,” he said of that illusive first league victory of the season.

“It’s definitely going to happen but we have to get there quickly.

“We know the position we’re in and it’s one we don’t want to be in. In the dressing room, we know how close we are and things are really positive in training. Everyone is responding well and remaining upbeat.

“We can’t get bogged down in league positions. We know if we put back to back wins together, we will be up near mid-table.”

On Saturday, Watson’s side travel to Seaview to take on Newington YC (kick-off 3pm), who are six points and six places ahead of Town. Town lost out to the Belfast side in all three of their league meetings last season but manager Watson is optimistic of a better return on the artificial surface this weekend.

“It will be a tough, tough game but if we can match the levels of last Saturday, we will push on,” he said.

That’s because the boss was delighted with his side’s efforts during last weekend’s stalemate at high-flying Moyola.

“On Saturday, there were a lot of positives signs,” he told the ‘LEADER.’

“The players were outstanding to go to a team near the top of the table and perform better all over the pitch. We just couldn’t add that finishing touch but the clean sheet was a big positive for us.

“It was the first time we have got our strongest side out on the pitch and it made a big difference. We need to have our best players available to get things off the ground.”

However, Town will have to go to Newington this weekend without influential midfielder Conor Downey, who is unavailable for the trip.

Other than that, Town’s injury worries are at least easing at Damian McParland, who hasn’t featured for over a year, played 80 minutes for the Town AFC last weekend while Stephen Jones is also back in training.