Girvan to play Ashfield in cup

Girvan FC manager Alan Cotton says his team fear no-one after being drawn against Ashfield in the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

The tie is a re-match of last month’s West of Scotland tie which Ashfield won 4-2.

Cotton said: “A home tie would have been nice but we’ll go there and show what we can do.

“We are in a better place now than we were then in terms of preparation. Last time against them we started each half well but there were a lot of things in between that we didn’t do well.

“We created a lot of chances in that game and kept going right till the end as we showed in pulling it back to 4-2 with a couple of late strikes.

“We’ll show them respect, but we’ll not be scared to have a go.”

Girvan secured a vital three points on Saturday with a 3-2 win against Annbank at Hamilton Park.

Two goals from Jordan Ryan and a Darren Mitchell strike had Girvan cruising to victory before Annbank pulled back a couple of goals.

Cotton said: “It was an important three points for where we are as a club right now. I asked the players to go out there and make sure they did that which they have so you can’t ask for more than that.

“It was disappointing to lose a couple of late goals as we were looking to keep a clean sheet, but in the end we’ve still got the three points.”

The win lifts Girvan up to eighth in the Ayrshire District League and in a tight division, they are only five points behind second placed Irvine Victoria in the battle for promotion.

Next up for Girvan is a trip to Whitletts on Saturday at Dam Park in Ayr, with kick off at 2pm.

Ahead of the game Cotton said: “There is a reason why Whitletts were installed as favourites before the start of the season and I think they are in a false position right now in the league.

“Tony Balfour up front for them is on fire right now and they have a solid back four which will be difficult for us to break down.

“But the players know what they have to do and I suppose it’s a managers job to moan all the time. “We’ve asked the players to put demands on themselves and they are pushing themselves hard all the time.”

The latest winners of the 50/50 draw were David McVittie who won £123.50 on October 23 and Derek Harper who won £108.50 on October 30 this year.