CUMNOCK snatched a last gasp point on Saturday that all but guarantees their Premier Division safety.

The Townhead Park side salvaged a crucial point against title challengers Beith with virtual the last kick of the ball.

John McKeown's side secured a 2-2 draw thanks to a goal from Josh Watt and a last minute strike from forward Scott Anson.

The point takes Cumnock to 25 points, but Townhead gaffer McKeown says it hasn't guaranteed his sides safety yet.

He said: "It was a hard fought point. They are a very good side and it's easy to see that they have real quality.

"We have three games left and our record points tally is thirty and that's now what we're aiming for. We've got three league games left to get there.

"I don't want to say we are safe because that can come back to bite you. We just want to get to thirty points as soon as possible."

The Nock boss was dealt a blow when Sean McKenzie returned to Ayr United.

McKenzie bagged eight goals this term for Nock and attracted the attention of Ayr boss Ian McCall.

McKeown said: "Sean will be a big loss for us. He has been exceptional this season and it's no surprise that he has gone to Ayr. We didn't want to stand in his way and Sean just felt that it was an opportunity that he couldn't turn down so he goes with our best wishes."

McKeown is now working to bring in another striker, and has his eyes on a forward from senior football.

He was also boosted by news that defender Steven Crawford has put pen to paper on a one year extension at town head park. McKeown said: "Steven is an important player for us so I'm delighted to get him signed up for next season. We only have three league games and the cup left so I'm now starting to speak to a few players and trying to tie them down for next season."

McKeown's men are back in action this weekend when they face Kilbirnie Ladeside in the West of Scotland Cup at Townhead Park and Crawford is a doubt as he struggle with an arm injury.

McKeown said said: "Kilbirnie are a decent side so it should be a difficult cup tie for us. The good thing is we are unbeaten in our last three so we are going in to it in good form and we're just eager to get through to the next round and then our focus is back to trying to hit that thirty point target in our last three league games."

Cumnock's final three league fixtures sees them host Talbot and hands them trips to both Kilwinning and Hurlford United.

Nock host Kilbirnie this Saturday in the West of Scotland Cup with a 2pm kick off.