Despite Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Clandeboye Park, recently-appointed Ballyclare Comrades manager David Dorrian (inset) was upbeat after the final whistle.
“My first two matches in charge at Dixon Park were against two of the top teams in Championship 1, and we emerged with three points against all the odds, so I am happy with that,” he said.
“Following a run of poor results, if I had been offered a point from each of these two matches before kick-off, I would have grabbed them, and we can hold our heads high even after losing to Bangor,” he said.
Asked about having made changes from the team that had humbled the Welders, he explained: “Craig Reid and Gary Brown had work commitments while skipper Adam McCart was attending a family wedding, so I had to shuffle the pack. However, there was no lack of commitment, there is a great spirit throughout the team and on another day we could have been returning with three points.
“Even Bangor officials felt that a couple of crucial decisions went against us. They agreed that their second goal was scored when an offside decision was missed, and Andrew Doyle’s second yellow card for a handling offence was harsh, when it was a ball-to-hand rather than a hand-to-ball offence.”
“Overall, I felt we matched the league leaders in the first half, but after the interval Bangor upped the tempo and got the result that keeps them in the number one spot. However three of the teams below us in the table all lost, so we are still six points clear of the dropzone and hopefully we will improve our position with a win against bottom-placed Dundela this weekend,” he added.
Without a league win since before Christmas, the Duns have recruited a couple of young players from Linfield on loan in an attempt to avoid relegation, and it will be interesting to see how former Comrades striker Mark McClelland fares against his former team-mates.