Precious points at stake as Carrick host the Mallards in Premiership basement battle

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Carrick v Ballinamallard

The Danske Bank Premiership's bottom two meet in a crunch basement battle on Friday night.

Ballinamallard are away to the team five points above them, Carrick Rangers.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.

Here's Carrick defender, Patrick McNally...

Both clubs intend to strengthen their squads in the January transfer window.

Carrick manager David McAlinden says it could be just the boost they need ...

More than 1,000 children in Carrickfergus have a free ticket to the match. 

It was part of a Christmas card sent out by the club to primary school pupils in the area.

Carrick say they want to build a new generation of supporters and stay at the heart of the community.

Saturday fixtures - 

League leaders by four points Coleraine travel to Cliftonville on Saturday.

Second-placed Crusaders face Linfield at Windsor Park with the Blues hoping to bounce back from their Boxing Day defeat at Glentoran.

The Glens go to Dungannon Swifts.

In the other Saturday games, Ballymena host Glenavon and Warrenpoint welcome Ards.

They all start at 3pm. 

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