Kelly is eager to avoid a relegation tussle

MARCUS CAVAROLI

Published 01/01/2013 | 11:22

GLEBE North boss Liam Kelly is urging his team to use their games in hand to steer themselves out of relegation trouble - starting with next Sunday's trip to Phoenix.

The Balbriggan side haven't played a league match for exactly a month and as a result have dropped into the bottom four in the LSL Senior Division, with Firhouse/Cloveer and Edenderry breathing down their necks. However, Kelly believes that a run of consecutive games will help their cause. 'We're struggling for consistency in terms of getting games played,' he insisted. 'We've been playing a week and then missing a week and need to get a run of games going and get up the table. 'It's important to pull ourselves away with the games in hand because we don't want to be getting dragged into trouble.' In terms of targets, Kelly is realistic about what Glebe North can achieve in the remainder of the campaign, particularly as nine of their remaining 15 games are away from home. 'Last year 21 points was enough to avoid relegation and I reckon 25 would get us safe this season. We're particularly young, and if we could get mid-table with these young players it would be very good and then we could look forward to kicking on next year. 'I'm trying to get a few more players in and hoping not to lose any, but a couple of lads are talking about emigrating.' Glebe's preparations for the trip to Phoenix weren't helped by the postponement of a planned friendly last Thursday night, and Kelly acknowledged that the Ashtown outfit would provide stiff opposition. 'We drew with them 2-2 earlier in the season which was a great result because we were down to 10 men for 40 minutes, but they're a really good side and particularly strong at home on the all-weather pitch. If they win their couple of games in hand they won't be far off the leaders.' Meanwhile, Glebe North's neighbours Malahide United continue to maintain a low profile as they start 2013 in mid-table, with 20 points already accrued from 14 matches. If Vinny Perth's squad can maintain that level of form they will be more than happy, considering that they came up from Division 1 last May. They will embark on the second half of the season without strike Glen Crowe, who has moved to St Mochta's, Skerries Town's next opponents in Division 1B on Sunday.

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