AUCHINLECK Talbot manager Tommy Sloan isn’t planning on resting any players against Kilbirnie Ladeside this weekend ahead of their Junior Cup tie with Cumnock.

The rivals meet in a fourth round tie at Townhead Park on January 20 with title-chasing Talbot up against fourth-placed Ladeside at Beechwood this weekend.

Sloan told the Chronicle: “We’ve got Kilbirnie at home so it’s unlikely we’ll rest anybody. Being honest with you, we need to get together and I’ll see how Graham [Wilson] is.

“We’ve not given up on anything, we want to keep up in the league race if we can and that [win over Glenafton] helps. It gets us back in after the defeat last week.

“We’re chasing Kilwinning Rangers at the top and Beith and whoever else. We’re not counting anything out yet. I’ll have a look at it during the week but we’ll see. It’s not in my thoughts at the moment.”

Talbot beat fellow title-challengers Glenafton Athletic 1-0 at Loch Park on Saturday thanks to Dwayne Hyslop’s 88th minute winner as they moved up to third in the table.

Goal scorer Hyslop was eager for his team to get back on the pitch next week. He said: “Kilbirnie are a bit of a boggy team for us but after that win today, it will give us more confidence to win the game and hopefully get another three points.

“We can just push on now. We had a bad week last week so it was good to come out flying and get the win. It was good to get the three points because it was a massive game.”

Sloan added: “I thought it was a tight game and in the second half I thought we got better and we upped it a bit. Being honest with you, we deserved our win. We had some chances there to score before we did and some good chances and we didn’t quite manage.

“Glens were always dangerous, don’t be kidded, it wasn’t one of them where you were sitting comfortable. I thought we just edged it and, certainly, I thought we deserved our win.

“We looked dangerous, I’m pleased, we had a good appetite about us and it was a decent game all day and we’ve just managed to nick it. I did think we were worth it mind you.

“It was important to bounce back. We lost a game last week against Kilwinning where we started well and I thought we weren’t so good but we showed a lot more character today than that because this is one of the toughest places to come and win and we’ve manage to do it.”

Glens boss Craig McEwan said after the game: “From a fan’s perspective it probably wasn’t a good game.

“On reflection the game probably should have been a draw to be fair but if you’re going to give away cheap goals like today, it goes back to the Scottish Cup game. There wasn’t much between us and Rob Roy and one chance and we get done.

“We need to be better. We looked sluggish today and I think that’s probably a consequence of the Christmas break. We need to pick ourselves up and we need to go again.”