Neale Fenn knows Longford Town need to be at their sharpest as they travel to The Markets field and face Limerick on Friday night.
Fifth placed Limerick suffered their first home league defeat of the season last weekend, a 1-0 defeat to Shelbourne courtesy of Ciaran Kilduff’s seventh goal of the season.
“It’s another tough one” admits Fenn, “Limerick are doing ok they have got a good defensive record, they’ve only lost one game at home which was last week so it will be very tough for us.”
Limerick have beaten Bray Wanderers, Cabinteely, Cobh, Galway United and Athlone Town at the Markets Field, having drawn with Drogheda United, Wexford and Longford Town before suffering defeat to Shelbourne last weekend.
While Town came out one-nil winners over Cobh Ramblers in the side’s second league meeting in April as Sam Verdon’s first half strike secured three points.
“I thought we were lucky to beat them in the home game “admitted Fenn. “It was a very tight game and they really gave us a lot of trouble.
“It was a bit of magic from Dean Byrne that got us the win” added Fenn.
“I think every game now is a must win for us, obviously depending how other games go, certainly when we play Shels and Bray and Drogheda at home.”
“Those games will certainly tell us how the promotion chase is going to go, so it’s not panic stations the good thing is that we have to play Shels ourselves which could be a six point swing.”
“The important thing is that we go out and do our own stuff right.”
Striker Conor Ellis has departed the Limerick club, a big blow to their play-off prospects.
Town will look to give new signing Dylan Grimes his debut and apart from midfielder Paul O’Connor’s absence, will have a full panel available for selection.
While Grimes has arrived from junior club Sheriff YC, Fenn hopes to add additional players to his squad most notably a striker.
“When you’re only winning games one-nil there is always a chance the opposition can sneak a goal at the end” explained Fenn.
“It cost us against Bray you could say and we just couldn’t kill the game off against Cobh. We certainly need especially for my own heartrate to starting to put in more goals.”