Glebe fight off illness to pick up vital three points

SHUT EYE. Rangers and Queens players battle for the ball on Saturday.INBM15-16 016SC.
SHUT EYE. Rangers and Queens players battle for the ball on Saturday.INBM15-16 016SC.

Glebe Rangers boss Jason Wilmont could have been forgiven for thinking the luck has been against him and his team of late.

The Ballymoney side are fighting hard to secure their Champiuonship Two survival, but their were dealt a huge blow before last Saturday’s crucial home game against Queen’s.

The Flu virus hit the Glebe camp in the build up with nine players stricken by the bug and forcing management to cancel training on Tuesday night.

To their credit though they didn’t let it effect them and they bounced back on Saturdayto grab a vital 1-0 and move themselves out of the dreaded drop zone.

“It certainly wasn’t ideal preparation for us,” Jason told Times Sport.

“We had that many players down with the Flu we had to take the decision to call off training on Tuesday.

“Thankfully we got most of the guys back for Saturday, but they weren’t 100% still.

“That makes the result and performance even more satisfying.

“We knew going into the game we needed to pick up all three points to give ourselves a fighting chance to get away from the drop zone.

“The lads were excellent on the day and deserved to take all three points.

“We defended well as a team and dealt with everything Queen’s threw at us.

“To be honest our keeper didn’t really have a big lot to do. We didn’t allow them to get in behind us.

“To be honest we probably should have won by more, and only being one goal ahead going into the dying minutes does make it a wee bit anxious.

“But as I say we defended really well and saw the game out to take the win.”

The Glebe have another crucial game this Saturday when they entertain Banbridge Town, who sit just three points ahead of them in the table.

“A win on Saturday will strengthen our position and also pull Banbridge in to the fight as well,” said Jason.

“It’s vital that we keep this momentum going and keep the pressure on the teams in and around us.

“Saturday’s result did that as we were one of only two games played.

“It’s important now we keep pushing and keep ourselves out of the bottom five. It was a massive boost for us to move out of that on Saturday,” he added.