Neale Fenn admits that Longford Town are in for a real test when they travel to Galway United on Friday night.
Town tasted their first league defeat of the season last Saturday night, when Cabinteely’s Kieran Marty-Waters secured a one-nil win.
Due to the postponement of their scheduled clash in March, this will be the first meeting of the sides this season.
“It was always going to be tough, whether we won or lost on Saturday night” explained Fenn.
“We’ll be going there in a positive frame of mind and look to get all three points and put the defeat and performance to Cabinteely behind us” added Fenn.
Town will be hoping to continue the Tribesmen’s dreadful home league record which has seen Galway win just one of their six home matches, losing the other five.
Galway’s only home triumph was a two-nil win over Wexford FC last time out as goals from Conor Barry and Maurice Nugent sealed all three points for Galway.
However, all five home losses to Shelbourne, Bray, Drogheda, Limerick and Cobh were by just a one goal margin, which suggests that Longford Town are in for a highly competitive encounter.
With Galway struggling in ninth place with just three victories and nine points from their opening 10 games, Town are flying high in second place just two points off top spot with a game in hand.
Town are unbeaten on the road with three wins and three draws in their six away matches, and having only conceded three goals in 11 matches.
The Midlanders will be quietly confident of keeping a ninth league clean sheet and snatching a narrow victory in their bid to regain top spot.
Neale Fenn’s charges will have to keep a careful watch on dangerous striker Vinny Faherty, and midfielders Conor Barry and Colin Kelly who can also cause problems for opposition defences.
While Longford Town have no injury concerns, they will be missing Jamie Hollywood and Joe Manley who are both exam tied.