Girvan to tackle amateur cup winners- but Maybole first up tonight!

Girvan FC boss Peter Leonard is expecting a tough test as his side take on Scottish Amateur Cup winners Harestanes on Saturday.

The Seasiders will be travelling to Kilsyth for the game which is a first preliminary round tie in the senior Scottish Cup.

Leonard said: “It’s something we’re all looking forward to and the Scottish Cup is a tournament I played in and it’s good for the players to get a taste of that.

“Kilsyth’s surface is fantastic so there’s real potential for a good game of football.

“It’s going to be a tough test for us and winning the Scottish Amateur Cup is no mean feat.

“The top level amateur sides have always thought they can compete against the juniors so we know what to expect.”

Leonard is happy with the way his team is progressing despite a 1-0 defeat in the Ardagh Glass League Cup to Troon on Saturday.

“I thought the boys played really well on Saturday and they were very unlucky not to get anything from the game.

“We had the ball in the net but that was chopped off and we hit the woodwork too.

“But I feel the team is going from strength to strength and we signed Robert Patterson on Monday night too.

“I feel by the Lugar game (the first league game) we’ll be where we want to be.”

Girvan’s next game comes tonight (Wednesday) at Hamilton Park in the League Cup against Maybole, kick off 6.45pm.

Leonard managed Maybole for almost a decade before joining Girvan last season.

The Girvan boss said: “There are plenty of people who I know at Maybole and it will certainly be a strange feeling being in the opposition dugout.

“We certainly want to do well but the focus is on Saturday and has been through pre-season.

“We’ve got fixtures coming up thick and fast which will stretch the squad and I think if we’re still in both the league cup and senior Scottish Cup next week it will be quite an achievement.”