It took until the 7th minute before the first incident of note. Keir Milliken raced onto the end of Andy Leishman’s ball up the right and tried to knock it past Bryn Halliwell who made the block.

The visitors spurned a rare chance in the 10th minute.

They won a free kick on the right which Kiegan Parker flighted into the area. Mark Campbell headed it clear but Reon Jugkowiak gathered on the left and skinned Martin McGoldrick before crossing to the back post where Brian McEwan glanced a free header wide.

Good football was at a premium in a dour first half, though Talbot did put together a good move in the 18th minute. Dwyane Hyslop turned smartly in midfield and fed it out to Bryan Young whose well-weighted pass looked set to send Milliken through on the keeper but for a timely interception by Ryan Frances.

As the half wore on it grew increasingly scrappy and ill tempered as Parker had his name taken in the 41st minute for a late challenge on Young.

As the half drew to a close Talbot threatened again via a set piece.

This time it was a corner from the right which Campbell won in the centre forcing Halliwell to tip his header over the crossbar.

After a slightly stuttering start Talbot got into their stride in the second half and Milliken forced a good save from Weir in the 51st minute.

He took advantage of hesitant defending to get in on the left and Weir had to turn his half volley round the post.

Talbot took the lead with 61 minute gone. Milliken cut the ball back from the left wing to the feet of Mark Shankland and he stepped inside Frances who sent him tumbling with a clumsy challenge.

Gordon Pope stepped forward and slammed the penalty into the back of the net.

Talbot were unlucky not to add to their lead in the 75th minute. Hylsop sent a good ball through to release Milliken on the left and he fired it over early to find sub Graham Wilson who was free in the centre, unfortunately it was a fraction behind him and got stuck between his feet as he tried to take it in his stride and broke through to Weir.

The points were finally secured with three minutes remaining. Wilson went up in an aerial challenge at the edge of the area and the ball bounced the way of Robert Love who hooked it over his own shoulder and past Weir who was stranded off his line to make it 2-0 to the Bot.

Deep into injury time the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Frances was guilty of a reckless lunge at Steven White. Fortunately no harm was done to White but the ref showed Frances a straight red to send him packing.

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, McGoldrick, Campbell, White, Young, Hyslop, Milliken, Shankland, Latta Subs; Love, G Wilson, Gillies, Boyd, S Wilson