IVAN Sproule insists Dergview will be gunning for all three points when his team hosts title-chasing Loughgall at Darragh Park tomorrow.
Last weekend the Derg side returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over basment boys Knockbreda with Damien McNulty, Gareth Doherty and Adam Buchanan on target.
Sproule accepts that Loughgall will be an altogether proposition to ‘Breda but said the aim was the same in that his team would be seeking their fifth league win of the season.
“It’ll be a good challenge for us. Last season we had a poor performance against them early on and then we measured up in the very last game to finish level on points with them,” said the former Hibs man.
“When we played them earlier this season we were a wee bit disjointed but things have improved since that.
“For me it’ll be a good gauge to assess how personal performances have improved, or not, as the case may be.
“The table doesn’t lie, the teams at the bottom are struggling and those at the top are picking up points.
“I got a report of Loughgall’s win against Welders last weekend and they were dominant. They have players who are doing the business and can hurt you.
“I’m sure they have aspirations to win the league. They signed well over the summer, they are a decent side, but it’s more about what we do come Saturday.”
Derg skipper Blaine Burns remains sidelined with injury while Sproule’s younger brother Andrew is still a couple of weeks away from returning to full fitness.
Striker Simon McGlynn, who was troubled with a hamstring injury, was named on the bench against Knockbreda but wasn’t used as a precaution and the Donegal man could possibly feature in Sproule’s plans
Right-back Luke McGeehan is unavailable owing to his attendance at a wedding but Sproule remains quietly confident that he still has enough quality to give the Lakeview Park men a right run for their money.
Dergview are currently placed seventh, a point outside the top six, and Sproule insists he isn’t tempted to set his stall out for a point.
“Not at all,” he continued.
“I think the players froze a wee bit against Portadown in the first half. We gave them a two-goal lead and when we took the shackles off we showed we could match them and we were unlucky not to come away with a draw that day.
“It’ll be the same against Loughgall. We’ll not be fazed by them but will give them the respect they deserve. If you’re going out looking for a draw then as far as I’m concerned your wasting your time.
“They have good players but they are not unbeatable. We have to go into the game believing that.
“In the last five games we have only lost once and that was against Portadown (2-1) so my own players should be confident. It’s all set up for a good game.”
Third-placed Ballinamallard United meanwhile take on Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park bidding to extend their winning sequence to five games.
The Mallards are currently two points behind Loughgall in second and four adrift of league leaders Portadown.