CUMNOCK are “pretty much safe” according to manager John McKeown.

ʼNock sit fourth in the Super League Premier Division, but have played several more games than the teams around them.

The Townhead Park side have not played a competitive match since a 6-0 win against Kilbirnie Ladeside on February 11.

However, Cumnock are gearing up to play relegation rivals Hurlford United at Blair Park this weekend, their first fixture in a month.

The gaffer felt annoyed at the situation. McKeown told the Chronicle: “From a management or players point of view it’s frustrating. In our last game we beat Kilbirnie 6-0 and you want to go and build on that but you can’t.

“It was expected because we were so far ahead of everyone. We’ve played a couple of friendlies and bounce games against the U19s to keep everyone going but it’s frustrating.”

Ahead of the crucial match, Cumnock are just six points from avoiding a relegation play-off. McKeown said: “It’s complicated, I’m not sure of all the permutations because lots of teams still have to play each other.

“I think we’re pretty much safe but nobody really wants to say it. We want to get as many points as we can and finish as high as we can.”

“Fingers crossed it makes it. Their game was off at the weekend, the pitch was waterlogged so I’m just hoping it goes ahead at the moment.

“We’ve not lost in our last four. Won three and drew one so we want to keep that going and get some points on the board.”