Auchinleck Talbot manager Tommy Sloan says he hopes they can carry their pre-season form forward after picking up another win against Neilston.

Talbot faced off against the Farmer Boys in the Hugh Blair Trophy final at the Brig O Lea Stadium at the weekend.

A second-half goal from Bryan Boylan was the difference in Neilston as Auchinleck picked up their first piece of silverware this season.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Sloan said: “It was another friendly match under our belt, and it was a bit stop start at times, it struggled to flow.

“That lead to the match being a bit dour at times but it is another win and hopefully we can take a bit of confidence out of it for our next game.“

They certainly took a lot of confidence going into the cup final having dispatched of fellow West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) Premier division side Pollok 4-0 in their last friendly.

Despite quite a convincing result, Sloan insists it will have no bearing on things when the sides next meet competitively.

He added: “It was quite a competitive match, especially in the first half an hour but we got ourselves in front. I think we were just a bit ahead of Pollok fitness wise and it was certainly an impressive performance.

“But it will be totally different when the real stuff starts, and that win will have no bearing on the match when we next play them competitively.

Talbot have one more pre-season fixture currently planned against Penicuik Athletic and they will be keen to keep their unbeaten start going before they their competitive campaign.

Auchinleck kick off their first season in the WoSFL Premier Division with a home fixture up against Clydebank, who topped the table last season before it was declared null and void.

Sloan told the Chronicle: “Clydebank last year were certainly one of the best sides in the league, so it is a tough opener, but we are looking forward to it.

“Hopefully the crowds are back and we get a good atmosphere because we have certainly missed that. “