Girvan look ahead to junior cup tie

Girvan manager Alan Cotton couldn’t hide his disappointment at his sides failure to pick up all three points at Saltcoats on Saturday.

The Hamilton Park men drew 0-0 with their fellow seasiders but played against 10 men for the whole of the second half and Darren Mitchell missed from the penalty spot.

Cotton said: “There was very much a sense of disappointment in the dressing room afterwards.

“If you had said to me before the game that we were going to be playing against ten men for a while and get a penalty, then I would have taken that every day.

“So to not get the three points after that is a real kick in the teeth.”

The draw means Girvan remain in eighth place in the Ayrshire District League, 16 points behind new leaders Whitletts Victoria.

Cotton says that the good thing is that the games are coming thick and fast so there won’t be time to dwell on the two points dropped.

He said: “That’s football sometimes and you’ve just got to take it on the chin and get on with things.

“The games are coming thick and fast now so you won’t think about it too much.”

Cotton did say there were some positives to take away from the game.

“Obviously we kept a clean sheet and the team battled hard and the workrate was fantastic again.

“Saltcoats had a full squad to choose from which was the first time they had been able to in a while and they are a very spirited team.

“However we didn’t capitalise on chances which was disappointing as I think if we scored the penalty when we had the chance to, we would have gone on and won the game.”

Cotton was also pleased to get back to match action after Girvan’s last two games were postponed against Kello and Annbank over the festive period.

He said: “Players train to play so it was unfortunate that those two games were off although I didn’t see the logic in having those two games away from home at this time of year.

“If those games had been at Girvan, they would have been on and it would have been good to build momentum.”

Cotton and his team are now looking ahead to their cup tie with Rutherglen Glencairn on Saturday at Hamilton Park (kick off 1.45pm).

The boss commented: “We’ve done our homework. I went to see them against Kilwinning Rangers a couple of weeks ago and we know what to expect.

“I feel they are similar to Ashfield (who Girvan beat in the last round) quality.

“It’s about what we do though and there is a great incentive for the players to keep this cup run going. If you aren’t excited playing in the junior cup then you’d be as well taking up tiddlywinks.

“Hopefully we can use the home advantage to its potential.”

The latest winner of the clubs 50/50 draw was Alan Bone who won £69.50.