SATURDAY'S bumper derby clash could make or break either sides campaign.

Cumnock and Glenafton will tussle it out in the first competitive game of 2017, with both bosses eyeing three points to boost their campaign.

Nock gaffer, John McKeown is hoping his side can steal the glory as they battle to rack up enough points to stave of slim relegation fears.

The Townhead side have 18 points from 15 games and McKeown is desperate to add another three to his sides tally.

He said: "It's a big one and it's one that both clubs and sets of fans are looking forward to.

"We've got seven games left to play so it's important we pick up as many points as we can, especially at home.

"Glenafton have done very well since Craig McEwan took over and and they are flying high. They are a good side and we know it will be a tough game.

"We've played more games than everyone else and we're now in the position where we have to secure our safety as soon as we can. People always talk about hitting the 26 point mark for safety. We have 18 with seven still to play. People keep telling em we just need to win three more games, but these derby games are never easy. Our focus is on Glenafton and getting three points, then we can focus on hitting that target."

Glens boss, Craig McEwan reckons January is a big month for both sides.

He said: "It's been a long two weeks without a competitive game for us.

"January could be a big month for us.

"Saturday is massive for Cumnock. We have let ourselves down against Cumnock in the games this season. We haven't covered ourselves in glory against them.

"If we win our next two games then we can maybe start talking about the title. But first thing's first, we want to hit the 29 point mark before we even entertain that."

Saturday's game takes place at Townhead Park with a 1.45pm kick off.