STRATHROY Harps supremo Shane Horisk believes the next three games are pivotal to his side’s chances of retaining the Mercer League trophy.
Last year’s treble winners visit Tummery Athletic on Saturday, host league leaders NFC Kesh seven days later before facing Lisbellaw United at Drumard on February 10.
If the Omagh side can come through those trio of fixtures unscathed Horisk is convinced it will set his team for another tilt at the Division One title.
On Saturday Harps face rivals Tummery at Crawford’s Lane and Horisk didn’t need reminding that the last time the two sides met at Omagh Leisure Centre it was the Dromore men who ran out 4-1 winners.
“That defeat left a right wound,” admitted the Strathroy supremo.
“But we know where we went wrong that day and we’ll try to rectify that on Saturday.
“Conditions will be difficult up there but we’ll be well prepared and have the lads in the right frame of mind.
“We have 12 league games left. We have targeted to win all 12 of them and that starts on Saturday.
“If we win all 12 then we know the outcome. It’s in our hands and that’s the way we look at it. We have been there before we know how to do it.
“The next three games will be a good indicator where we are going with the final nine. Win them and that should set us up nicely for the run-in.
“We’ll be aiming for the right result from Saturday and bounce on from that.
“The lads know what they need to do, the work rate needs to be upped 100% to challenge Tummery.
“The realisation of taking this job is that everyone ups their game when they play Strathroy Harps, that’s something we have to match.
“There is an extra motivation when opposing teams see the green and white jersey.”
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