UPBEAT Craigmark Burntonians boss Ian Patterson this week saluted his team after they shot into top spot in the Ayrshire District League on Sunday.

But he is still totally playing down their promotion chances.

The Station Park side defeated local rivals Annbank United 3-0 on their own patch to move ahead of former leaders Irvine Victoria on goal difference. And they have made two additions to the squad, snapping up midfielder/forward Murray Johnstone from Troon along with central defender Ally Gaw from Super First Division side Darvel.

Patterson said: “That was another good win for us and we played well. We controlled most of the match and could have won by even more. The new guys are good additions to the squad and Murray previously played alongside Ally at Darvel.”

The Station Park boss is encouraged with his team’s progress.

He said: “The great thing is that we have matched our points total of 25 from last season and we obviously want to top that. We are going well but I expect other teams will be spending money bringing in new players.”

Craigmark on Saturday host Premier Division side Kilbirnie Ladeside in the opening round of the showpiece Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup. The Valefield Park Club recently reached the last 16 of the Scottish Junior Cup, only to lose 3-0 to Bo’ness United.

Patterson added: “It will be a break from the league but a good test for the players.

“Kilbirnie are good side and will be favourites but you never know in the cup.”