Manager Tommy Sloan is aiming to use Auchinleck Talbot’s cup success to help boost their fortunes in the league.

Talbot sit third, six points adrift of leaders Kilwinning Rangers ahead of this weekend’s trip to fourth-placed Pollok and Sloan wants to harness the confidence gained from their 5-1 Junior Cup win over Cumnock and their determination to win back the junior showpiece to get a good result at Newlandsfield.

He said: “It’s not been our Scottish Cup for a few years. We got beat in the last final. Obviously, we’ve got a proud record in it and we want to keep adding to that.

“The Scottish Cup is the biggest thing in the juniors and, if you are knocked out, it’s a downer for you.

“We don’t want that and that’s driving us on. It does take something out your season and the players have got to pick up from it. We’re going on to Pollok next week on a high now. We’re going to a touch venue next on a high and we’ve played really well.”

Of their 5-1 win over Cumnock, Sloan added: “We always looked threatening even though Cumnock came into the game at a stage. I was disappointed to lose a goal to a long throw. It’s done and the reaction at half time is great for me.

“It’s 2-1, it’s a precarious one. If Cumnock get the next goal, we’re level terms. The emphasis was to get the next goal and that’s what did it. The third goal for me gives us that breathing space and we’ve went on to play really well after that.”