Boss wins first game back

Maybole returned to winning ways on Saturday as new boss Carlo Walker made a dream start to life as the club’s new manager.

They ran out comprehensive 3-0 winners at Neilston in the Super League first Division Match.

It was a welcome return to winning ways for Maybole after a disappointing November which saw the Ladywell Stadium men win only once in five matches.

After almost a decade at the club, Peter Leonard resigned which led to the appointment of Walker, who had most recently been in charge of Lugar, who he had mounted a promotion charge with in the Ayrshire District League this season.

And Walker, who spent 18 years as a player at Maybole during two different spells ensured his side’s promotion bid got back on track at Neilston.

Despite only having 13 fit players for the game, Maybole dominated the game throughout the 90 minutes and were rewarded for their early pressure in the tenth minute.

Robert Forde swung over a cross which landed for Robert Patterson who netted home from the edge of the box.

Despite not having overall control of possession, Neilston never looked like truly threatening Maybole keeper Scott Johnstone’s goal.

And on the hour mark, Maybole were finally rewarded with a second goal after some sloppy defending from Neilston.

Andy Stevenson pounced on a short passback to leave himself one on one with the home keeper and he calmly slotted home to make it 2-0.

Johnstone did have to be at his alert best to ensure he kept a clean sheet two minutes from time as he made a superb save to keep it 2-0.

And that save was the cue for the icing on the cake for Maybole as they went up the park with Stevenson and Danny Cunningham combining some nice touches before Scott Dinwoodie arrived to slot home from the edge of the box to ensure all three points and a first win since the opening day of November.

The win meant Maybole jumped up to third place in the first division table to get their promotion bid back on track.

They currently sit only three points behind second placed Shettleston although they have played three games more, ensuring that they will need to find their early season consistency again to win promotion.

And Maybole will also do battle with Shettleston in cup action this weekend as they make the trip to the East End of Glasgow on Saturday to play them in the second round of the West of Scotland Cup.

Kick off in what will be Carlo Walker’s second game is at 1.45pm.