COBH Ramblers will travel to take on the current League Of Ireland First Division leaders Cabinteely on Friday night.
Although the two performances since the restart have been generally encouraging, Cobh would be wanting to pick up victories in the coming weeks to ensure they remain in the mix for the promotion playoffs.
Overall though from a Ramblers perspective, there have been signs of encouragement from the Galway clash and the Bray game one week before.
Cobh manager Stuart Ashton will be hoping his side can turn these recent good performances into wins in the forthcoming games, while he will also want to see his side cut out some of the errors in their play, such as the manner of the goals conceded against Galway.
When asked what he could take from the Bray and Galway games since the restart, Ashton replied:
“We’ve shown our character, we have created a lot more opportunities Saturday night against Galway.
“The Bray game was probably a fair result. But I think this week(against Galway) we felt we were the unlucky side coming out of it.
“But again that is football. We need to learn from our games. At 1-0 up against Galway, we probably could have done better.
“The character came through from us late on, but I think we threw the two points away Saturday night.”
Cabinteely stunned many in 2019 by reaching the promotion playoffs. But with the likes of Stephen McGuinness (Bohemians), the top scorer in the division Rob Manley (Longford) and Jack Watson (Bray Wanderers) all departing, it seemed like it would put a dent in their hopes for 2020.
But Cabo have the core of a solid squad there. Shane Barnes has scored four league goals this term, while Conor Keeley and Paul Fox are also among their key players.
Another current Cabinteely man is former Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers attacker Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters.
All round though this is a well-drilled and efficient Cabinteely side, who have scored 10 and conceded just 3 goals in their league games to date.
That is a testament to how well prepared they are under an astute operator in Pat Devlin and the backroom team there.
This season so far has been another decent one to date for Cabinteely. They currently top the First Division table, with four wins and one draw out of their five games played.
Cabo had to be content with a share of the spoils last time out, following a 0-0 draw away against Wexford.
All in all, Cabinteely should pose a stern test for Cobh on Friday and Ramblers will need to produce a good display on the night if they want to take any points.
Giving his thoughts on the Cabinteely clash, Ramblers boss Ashton said:
“It is another tough one. We know, as we have said from the start, that this league is a tough league. Cabinteely has flown off and have got the points on the board.
“They had a disappointing one the other night against Wexford. But Cabo are still strong and they are up there.
“We know what to expect from them. So we just have to re-group, do our homework for the week and get back into training.
“Hopefully we can go and give a good display up there and see what happens.”