Three points

Dromore Amateurs travel north on Saturday to take on Holywood in a game that could dictate how the rest of their season will go. A win could leave them on the cusp of moving up to mid-table while defeat would leave them looking over their shoulders. INBL1436-230pb
Dromore Amateurs travel north on Saturday to take on Holywood in a game that could dictate how the rest of their season will go. A win could leave them on the cusp of moving up to mid-table while defeat would leave them looking over their shoulders. INBL1436-230pb

Dromore Amateurs boss Dean Brownlee says this weekend’s match is a vital one for his side’s season.

They’ve managed to lift themselves four points clear of the bottom two with games in hand on the teams below them and the boss know that a victory at Holywood on Saturday (kick-off 2pm) would give them a huge boost as the Division 1C season hots up.

“We need to keep on picking up points to claw ourselves away from the teams below us,” he told the ‘LEADER.’

“We have 13 games left and if you take out six of those that are against the top teams, the other seven are games that we really need to be picking up points from.

“Saturday is one of those games. We still have to play Holywood twice so if we can beat them on Saturday and then pick up maximum points again at home, it could be enough to lift us above them.”

Looking upwards, they could even go up to 11th spot in the table, leapfrogging Saintfield United with a win. Opponents Holywood are currently in eighth position but are just five points ahead of Dromore. A victory on Saturday then would gain real ground on the teams above the locals but Brownlee knows it won’t be easy.

“We’re not too far behind Holywood at the minute so this is an important game for us,” reiterated Brownlee.

“They moved down a division last season so we know that this will be a tough afternoon for us.

“At the minute, we’re not sure whether it’ll be played on grass or will be moved onto their 4G surface up there. That can make a difference to the game as well but I suppose it’s weather dependent at the minute.”

Before such a big game, Brownlee is calling on his players to show their commitment to the team and do everything they can to get out to training on Thursday evening.

“Hopefully I’ll have a full squad to choose from for this weekend’s match,” he said.

“We really want to have a good training session on Thursday to prepare all the lads for the game so I need them all to come out to practice that night.”