CUMNOCK will host Pollok on Saturday after the teams fought out a 0-0 draw in the Scottish Junior Cup.

Ironically, they were scheduled to play a league match but that will now become a third round replay.

A late injury call off from in-form Dan Carmichael meant manager Peter Leonard had to reshuffle the pack.

He said: “I thought the draw was a fair result. We came with a game plan but had to change it, just before the game, as Carmichael was injured and he has been a key player in recent weeks.

“We had to make a slight tweak but what pleased me today was the desire of the players. They worked all over the park. Our strikers worked more than the midfield players.

“I would have taken a draw before the match as this is such a hard place to come and it was a top team we were playing against.

“The idea was that we wanted to end the 90 minutes still in the Scottish Cup and that is what we have managed to achieve.”

Leonard does not think the Townhead Park artificial pitch will be of any great significance on Saturday.

“The replay is another game, on a different surface, which will also suit Pollok as they have a few decent players.

“I think where we were a year ago, compared to now, has been about building confidence and a result like today’s gives the club a lift.

“The players got a lift as well so going into the replay, we are at home with a big support behind us, Carmichael could be back, and I am confident we can get a result,” he added.