Town kick off League Cup campaign tonight at Crystal Park

Town will this week be without David Gray (right), who is on his way back from injury while they will also be missing Glen Waddell. Adam Pedlow and Ryan Evans are also a few weeks from fitness after long-term injuries. INBL1530-240PB
Town will this week be without David Gray (right), who is on his way back from injury while they will also be missing Glen Waddell. Adam Pedlow and Ryan Evans are also a few weeks from fitness after long-term injuries. INBL1530-240PB

Banbridge Town host Championship One side Armagh City tonight (Tuesday) in the first round of the JBE League Cup (kick-off 6.45pm).

The visitors are fresh from their first victory of the season, a 3-1 win over Dergview and Town boss Ryan Watson knows his side will be up against it.

“It will be a really stern test for us but we want to keep our momentum going,” he said. “They’re a very good side who have added a lot of players.

“You just never know what way they will aproach the game, if they will have a full strength side out or if any players will be given a rest.”

Stuart Thompson could be in line to make his first appearance of the season while Chris McGrath is again avilable for Town.

“I’ll have to make some decisions with one eye on Saturday’s game,” said Watson. “We need to think about it and get the right balance but it’s nice to have the chance to use the squad.”

Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Limavady United, Watson said, was a vast improvement on their opening home defeat.

“That was a lot more like it,” said Watson.

“It was really like our season started on Saturday. I can only see things getting better from now on as we get players back. We want to kick on now.

“The players deserve a huge amount of credit. They deserved at least a point and it could have been more.

“It’s a difficult place to go and after our first game, I think we’d have taken a draw. A lot of teams will struggle up there.

“We fully deserved our half-time lead but we knew they would come out fighting. They did that and got two scrappy goals but, when we fell behind, we still believed in ourselves.

“We dug in and got a deserved equaliser, another really well-worked goal.

“We had our gameplan and the players executed it really well. Their effort and commitment was first class.”

Watson was also pleased with the impact made by Chris Kingsberry, who came into the starting line-up after an impressive cameo role in the defeat to Glebe.

Watson said: “Chris came off the bench against and had a really good influence on the game so we knew we needed to get him into the team.

“He can look after the ball and has a lot of experience but he’s still only 60 to 70 per cent match fit. He’s only going to get stronger.