Promising workout despite defeat

Girvan 2

Auchinleck Talbot 3

with their scheduled league game falling victim to the weather on Saturday, Girvan took on junior giant Auchinleck Talbot in a friendly at Hamilton Park.

In what could be a taste of things to come for the Seasiders, they dominated the first half against their Premier League opponents, racing into a two-goal lead thanks to efforts from on-loan man Aarron Connelly and former Talbot man Stuart Peacock.

Four changes were made to side at half time and that disturbed Girvan’s flow. Talbot took advantage, hitting back with a double from David Gillies and a late Bryan Young winner. Despite the second-half slump, it still turned out to be a valuable workout for Brian McLuckie’s men, who now have a potentially tough game away to Vale of Clyde on Saturday as they look to maintain the pressure on the league leaders, Clydebank.

Girvan chairman, Tam McCredie, said: “It was a good run out for the boys and Talbot, who have their Scottish Cup game on Saturday too. Saturday will be a tough game. It’s never an easy place to go get three points. The park isn’t the greatest but these are the games you have to win if you want to go up.

“Three points on Saturday would be a massive result for us to keep the pressure on Clydebank and Whitletts.”

The Seasiders have been unable to tempt former Beith man Derek McCulloch to Hamilton Park, as he now plans to walk away from the game. And they have lost out in trying to get former player Stevie O’Donnell back as he commits himself to the Vale, a disappointing blow for Girvan as they get ready for the final push for promotion.