There are big games fast approaching for Ballinamallard as they maintain their push at the top of the Championship table with third placed Loughgall the visitors to Ferney Park this week while table toppers Portadown will then travel to Fermanagh two weeks later.

Ducks boss Hary McConkey though says that his side will just continue to focus on themselves and take it one game at a time, starting this week with Loughgall.

“If we live in the moment, we know what we have to do against this team and we can’t look too far ahead and look to all the permutations that can happen. The simple thing us for us is to look after ourselves and not worry about the Loughgalls and Portadowns. We just want to get the best out of the players who we put out in the pitch and keep a cool head,” he said.

The Mallards chief though is expecting a big test on Saturday as Loughgall look to bounce back after back to back defeats, including a 2-1 loss to Portadown last Saturday.

“They are a team that when they click have an ability to score goals. Ferris and Campbell have great pace up front and they have a strong midfield but it is about us getting into the frame of mind that we had last week and getting on the front foot because I would feel that they are at their most vulnerable at the back. We have got a front six who when on form will cause anybody serious problems but also now the good thing for us is that we are keeping clean-sheets so if we stay strong defensively I have no doubt we will get opportunities but we will have to work really hard to keep them at bay,” stated Harry.

The Mallards will not be short of confidence going into the game after following up their 4-0 win away to Dundela with a 5-0 victory over PSNI last Saturday on a comfortable afternoon for the Ducks at Ferney Park.

“I’m delighted that we kept our run going, that was the most important thing out of the game and it helps us gain momentum going into the Loughgall game .

“The key thing is that we are now scoring goals, our front line all scored on Saturday and we also had opportunities for others and we looked like we could score from all over the pitch.

“We are now the leading goal scorers in the league and I think we are beginning to express ourselves,” he said.

It was a game that the home ide imposed themselves on from the kick off and McConkey says that is something that they targeted.

“We told the players that any games that we have started well in we have gone on to win while the games that we have started slowly we have found it difficult. It was important to continue on from where we had left off last week against Dundela and there was a hunger and a desire to get on the front foot from early on and I don’t think they had a shot on our goal in the first half.”

There was also a hat-trick for Ryan Campbell with the striker now the league’s leading scorer and McConkey was full of praise for the 38 year old who continues to roll back the years.

“I think that at this level of football he has been the most outstanding striker in recent years. He has the most wonderful ability to produce all types of goals and that ability to find the back of the net.

“At 38 years of age it shows you that if your attitude is right and you devote yourself to your game you can produce performances even at that age of a very high level,” he said.