DEJECTED Auchinleck Talbot manager Tommy Sloan was bitterly disappointed his side did not build on early signs of promise as they went down 1-0 at home to Kilwinning Rangers.

Victory saw the visitors move into top spot in the McBookie Super League Premier Division.

Sloan said: "We started better and created really good chances but did not get in front. Kilwinning scored with a shot Andy Leisman would normally have saved and didn't react well. It looked as if some of us had been out for an early new year. We play Glenafton on Saturday and our aim is to take three points."

In nine minutes, a strong effort from Jamie Glasgow hit the top of the net and went over.

The home goalie made a superb fingertip save to foil Ben Lewis from 10 yards in 13 minutes.

A free-kick from 25 yards by Gordon Pope was well saved in 15 minutes.

However Buffs blasted into the lead in 18 minutes when Bryan Boylan thundered home from 12 yards.

Carlo Monti turned a Talbot opponent inside out before squeezing an angled drive just wide. A good chance came Talbot's way in 33 minutes but Stephen Wilson shot well over the top from 20 yards. Gareth Armstrong had an eight-yard effort cleared off the line in 55 minutes.

Talbot were reduced to 10 men in 89 minutes when Glasgow was sent off when he was given a second yellow-card for dissent after appearing to dive on the edge of the box.

Meanwhile all Junior teams have been asked to observe a minute's silence at their games on Saturday in memory of football stalwart John Scarlett, who died on Saturday, aged 88.

He brought Whitletts Vics back from the brink of extinction an sponsored the Ayrshire League Cup which was commonly known as the Jackie Scarlett Cup, named after his father and is still often referred to by many as the Scarlett Cup.