SCRIPTWRITERS could not have created a better scenario — two of football’s oldest rivals go head-to-head with a league title at stake.

Cumnock Juniors host Auchinleck Talbot on Saturday in a match which will decide the destination of the Super Premier championship.

If Talbot win, they are champions, but if Cumnock prevail — and Beith defeat Girvan — then the North Ayrshire team will lift the title.

Tensions may run high, but Cumnock police want supporters will enjoy the occasion whatever the outcome.

Inspector Colin Shearer said: “The fans’ behaviour at Sunday’s Junior Cup Final was excellent and it was truly a family occasion.

“There will be full police operation on Saturday and officers will be making sure people are safe.

“But we want everyone from both communities to enjoy the football and and make it another family day out that will be remembered for all the right reasons. I am confident that this will be the case.

“Anyone who has any concerns should contact Cumnock Police Office on 101 or, in the event of an emergency, call 999.

“Finally, good luck to both clubs and their supporters and may the best team win.”

As well as a heavy police presence, there will be strict segregation arrangements in place at Cumnock’s Townhead Park for the match, which kicks-off at 2pm.

A spokesman for the club said: “A gate will be open at the Asda end of the ground to enable Auchinleck supporters to enter the terraced side of the ground.

“The Cumnock support should enter via the social club entrance gates.

“Supporters are asked to arrive early and to have the correct admission money of possible to enable everyone to get into the ground early — adult admission is £6, concessions £3.

“There will be police and steward presence and no alcohol is permitted in the ground. Anyone considered to be intoxicated by any means will not be allowed entry.”