Cumnock and Glenafton Athletic kick-off their Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup campaign's this weekend.

Glens face Kilbirnie Ladeside at Loch Park whilst Cumnock also have a home tie against Super League strugglers Largs Thistle.

Nock haven't played for over a month since a 6-0 drubbing of Kilbirnie in the West of Scotland Cup on February 11 with their games at Kilwinning Rangers and Hurlford United postponed in recent weeks.

Cumnock boss John McKeown is delighted that his side will finally be able to get back into action. He said: "It's been a while since we've had some competitive action. We've had over a month of just keeping fit and playing friendlies so I'm looking forward to it.

"We've got a full squad, everybody is fit and ready to go.

"We've played Largs a couple of times this season. We beat them 4-0 at Cumnock and won 1-0 up there.

"The game up there was a lot tougher against a stuffy team. Since Stewart Davidson has taken over they have seen an upturn in form so they will be hard to beat."

Glenafton will look to continue their fine form after reaching the Junior Cup semi-finals. The 1-0 win over Sauchie was the fourth on the spin for Craig McEwan's side and their 11th from their last 12.

The Glens boss was quietly confident ahead of the match. He said: "My thoughts don't differ from a couple of weeks ago when we played Kilbirnie.

"They are a good side. There wasn't much in that game and we won 3-0.

"This is a competition we want to do well in and we're coming of the high of winning in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

"Winning breads winning and you want to continue those good habits.

"I'm looking forward to it. Tthe weather is supposed to be good so I'm hopeful."

Meanwhile, Auchinleck Talbot return to league duty after a fine 2-0 win over Kilwinning Rangers in the Junior Cup last weekend.

Thrid-placed Talbot host second-placed Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in a macth that could go a long way to deciding this year's Super League champions.

Talbot gaffer Tommy Sloan was hungary for another win and said: "It's a great game to look forward to. We could do with winning it to peg them back to be honest. If we win we go level with them.

"It won't be easy because they are in good form. They've done well this season.

"They lost in the cup last weekend so they will be smarting."

Selected fixtures

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup first round:

Cumnock v Largs Thistle

Girvan v Lugar Boswell Thistle

Glenafton Athletic v Kilbirnie Ladeside

Irvine Meadow v Craigmark Burntonians

Muirkirk v Whitletts Victoria

Super League Premier Division:

Auchinleck Talbot v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy