Girvan FC went down fighting but ultimately lost out 4-2 to Ashfield in Saturday’s first round tie in the West of Scotland Cup.
Manager Alan Cotton believes that there are a number of positives to take from the game.
He said: “It was always going to be a hard task as they had just come down from the Premier League and we are down in numbers right now.
“But the fitness is getting better all the time and the number of chances we created was almost enough to win two games on Saturday.
“As a coach I’m disappointed in the manner we lost our goals, but the boys kept going until the end of the game and I was pleased with their reaction.”
Girvan fell behind after just five minutes and were 2-0 down by half-time. They fought well in the second half but were 4-0 behind with 20 minutes to go before Jordan Ryan scored two late goals.
Alan has also brought in former Alloa coach Malcolm Boyle and experienced junior coach Jim Morrison into his staff.
Alan said: “These are guys I trust and have known for a long time. Malcolm was part of the Alloa set-up under Paul Hartley which got promotion and Jim has bags of experience at junior level.
“They liked what they saw on Saturday and we all know what we need to do.”
Alan added: “We’ve agreed a deal in principle to sign a Premier League defender as we’re thin on the ground there with Nicky Wilson and Neil Shearer both leaving.
“Declan Young looks like he’s going to be a top talent but he needs time to develop alongside someone.”
Girvan are hoping to arrange a friendly for Saturday at Hamilton Park to ensure they don’t have a free week after they received a bye in the Scottish Junior Cup draw last week.
The latest winners of the Club’s 50/50 draw were Aidan and Caleb O’Donnell who won £116.50.