Homecoming: Stephen Baxter’s Crusaders will be back in company

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter is hoping his team can pick up where they left off when they deal with Warrenpoint Town at Seaview today.

Prior to the festive break, the Coast Road group were back to their swashbuckling finest, shown in impressive wins versus Portadown and Glentoran.

But their momentum was interrupted as 4 players in the camp were struck down by Covid-19 symptoms, which meant their proposed Friday night fixture against Carrick Rangers was held off prior to the joyful program was cancelled.

With Barry Gray’s resurgent Warrenpoint due to leave a calling card today, Baxter wants his troops to make up for wasted time.

” We only had two video games in the month, which was a bit alien to everyone,” stated Baxter. “It most likely didn’t hurt us, however by the exact same token we had a little bit of momentum behind us following two considerable triumphes against Glentoran and Portadown.

” I wish to have had the opportunity to construct on those performances, so we were disappointed when we needed to pull out of the Carrick Rangers video game on the Thursday – the component was scheduled for the following day.

” However, given the problems that Covid-19 tosses at clubs, you just have to play the hand you are dealt. You simply do not know what you are going to face week-to-week, so you just have to roll with it and deal with it.”

Baxter admits Warrenpoint will arrive in north Belfast exuding with confidence following some impressive lead to the opening stage of the league campaign.

“Barry (Gray) revamped the club over the summertime,” he included. “He has made a number of substantial signings and brought in great players from down south.

“That’s good organization since Barry understood what he needed for this league. I haven’t at all been shocked by how well they have done hence far. They have beaten some top teams along the way. We got away with a 1-0 win down at their put on the opening day of the season, but I knew it would be a tough video game.

“I anticipate quite the exact same when they come to Seaview – they are an outstanding side. They are well organised and Barry has Gavin Dykes in with him.