GLENAVON take on Donegal Celtic on Saturday at Mourneview Park as they wrap up the league season.
The Blues host DC, who are already condemned to a promotion/relegation play-off against either Institute or Warrenpoint Town, in search of a win that would see them better last season’s points tally by eight points and hold on to ninth spot.
Only Cliftonville, Crusaders, Dungannon and Glenavon have already improved on their points tally from last term and Hamilton is delighted his side have managed that, having made huge cuts to the playing budget last summer.
He said: “Last season, we were playing our final game still needing to avoid relegation but this season it can put us above the 40 point mark. That’s a great achievement because there are only three other clubs in the league who have improved on their points tally from last season.
“Cliftonville and Crusaders have done it on bigger budgets than last season whereas we’ve done it with a budget of just over half of last year’s. It’s good for the club and a step in the right direction. Another good bonus for us would be hitting that 40 point mark and picking up four wins out of five after the split.
“Again that’s a good stat because last year we took seven points after the split. It’s all about making an improvement.
“Earlier in the season, the boys set themselves a target of getting 40 points so they can do that on Saturday as well.”
However, if they are to pick up a final league victory, they’ll have to do so without striker Mark Farren and centre-back Kris Lindsay.
Hamilton said: “Mark Farren is doing a coaching badge so that’s part of his future after playing. Kris Lindsay is going to a wedding so that will give an opportunity to a couple of players.
“We will have as strong a team as we can out on the pitch and will go out to win the game but hopefully we’ll give a couple of the young lads a run-out at some stage.
“With Mark missing the game, it’s a good chance to give Andrew Mitchell a full game.”
The match will be Mark Haughey’s last for the club before he makes his summer move to Linfield.