There is a big month ahead for Banbridge Town.
With key Irish Cup and Intermediate Cup fixtures and three Championship Two games on the cards, January could have a huge bearing on the club’s season.
And with Coagh United first up on Saturday, they want to start off with a win.
Town host United at Crystal Park in the league (kick-off 2pm) and, now up to ninth place, boss Ryan Watson is intent on stretching his side’s eight game unbeaten run.
“They’re a team below us in the table so it’s a great chance for us to climb up another bit. That’s the focus for us,” he said.
“We’ve had a good run of home games and our form at Crystal Park has been good. We’ve picked up good momentum and confidence is high so we want to pick up where we left off before Christmas.
“We’re just looking forward to getting going again. January is going to be a big month for us so we’d love to start it off with three points.”
The last time the sides met in September, Town succumbed to an 88th minute equaliser. Conor Downey had looked to have given Bann all three points but Andrew Neill popped up to steal a draw for the hosts and prolong Town’s long wait for a first league victory of the season.
“We came away that day feeling like we had been beaten,” recalled Watson. “We controlled most of the game and it really felt like a hammer blow when they equalised. “It would have been a big three points that we really needed at that stage but we weren’t defending as well as we have been lately.
“It would be great to get the three points this time to prove that we are capable of it against these teams.”
Meanwhile, Rathfriland Rangers will again attempt to play their Irish Cup fourth round fixture this weekend.
They again look to travel to Abbey Villa to play for the chance to take on Danske Bank Premiership pace-setters Crusaders. The game is due to kick-off at 1.30pm with the fifth round scheuled for 9th January.