CRAIGMARK Burntonians produced one of the results of the second round as they beat 2008 Junior Cup winners Bathgate Thistle 2-1 at Creamery Park.

Grant Bolton scored a late winner for the Dalmellington side after Bathgate had equalised with just six minutes remaining.

Manager Greg Gallagher was at a wedding on Saturday and missed the game but he praised his team for getting the result.

He said: “From what the boys and the committee have said, we had a lot of chances we just didn’t take them. It’s a good result to go away to Bathgate and win.

“We’re just taking it stage by stage at the moment. Of course it’s great to be in the Scottish Cup and have a cup run but the main priority this season is to stay in the Championship. Being in the Scottish is a nice distraction from the league.”

The quest to retain Championship status continues on Saturday and Gallagher added: “I think all the players would agree that we should have more points than we do, we’re just not taking our chances. We’re sitting fourth bottom at the moment.

“We’re looking to kick on from here, especially after the comeback from 3-1 down to 3-3 against Whitletts last Saturday and then beating Bathgate. All our focus now is on the game against Girvan on Saturday, it’s a big game for us.”

It was almost a fairytale result for Muirkirk as they drew 2-2 with Yoker Athletic at Burnside Park and manager Kevin Muirhead felt they had done enough to win the tie.

He said: “I thought we had enough chances to win the game but, in terms of our recent form, it was a good performance.

“[The replay] is going to be a really tough ask but these players tend to turn up and give that extra percentage against bigger teams. We want to try and win.”