Bottom club still pose a threat

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton/
Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton/

Glenavon have a great chance to chalk up three points on Friday night with bottom of the table Institute coming to Mourneview Park.

However, judging by the recent meeting between the teams the Lurgan Blues will have to be at their best to get the win.

A few weeks ago it took a late Gary Hamilton goal to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw.

“We were lucky to get away with a point the last time,” says Hamilton.

“We will have to play much better on Friday night. Institute are fighting for their lives trying to beat the drop and we have seen all season any team on their day can beat anyone.

“If you don’t organise, apply the right attitude and perform to your strengths then you won’t win many games.

“ We had some momentum going before the weather disrupted our game last week, but we have to focus on getting the win which will set us up nicely for the trip to Coleraine on Tuesday night.”

Glenavon have a run of games including the Irish Cup tie coming up in the next month which could make or break their season.

Already ahead of their points tally at this stage last season the opportunity is there to keep the run going.

Institute have only taken four points out of a possible 39 and not won since October - but a win can lift them off the bottom of the table.

Centre half Conor Dillon is forced to sit this one out. With last Saturday’s game postponed he was unable to complete his suspension.

On the plus side, Ciaran Martyn would not have recovered from injury to play on Saturday but is now back in the squad for Friday night. The game kicks-off at 7.45pm.