Glenafton Athletic manager Mick McCann says he was thrilled that his side got back to winning ways against Gartcairn, as they won 1-0 at the weekend.

Prior to the Glen’s 2-1 loss to Rossvale a fortnight ago they were on a five game unbeaten run in the Premier Division.

So, they were keen to get back to winning ways at the weekend when they hosted Gartcairn in the preliminary round of the West of Scotland Football League Cup.

The only goal of the tie came in the second half at Loch Park, via the head of Jordan Ryan to get the Afton back to winning ways.

Speaking to the Chronicle, McCann said: “It is always pleasing to get a reaction, especially after the disappointment against Rossvale.

“I said before the game to the players it was a chance to bounce back quickly, albeit in the cup.

“I got a good reaction from the players at the weekend, so I am delighted with that.”

It was a rare clean sheet for Glenafton as well, their first in three matches, with McCann quick to praise returning shot stopper Scott Johnson.

He said: “Johnson came back into the staring XI at the weekend and produced a couple of great saves.

“But that is what I expect from him as that is what he does week in week out, he is a good goalkeeper.

“I am sure he will delighted with the shut out and he was one of the players I was really pleased with against Gartcairn.”

Next up for the Glens is a return to league action this weekend when they host Kilbirnie Ladeside.

Despite the Blasties lowly league position, McCann says he is wary of them ahead of their meeting on Saturday afternoon.

He said: “It is a game where both sides are keen to get as many points as possible to push them away from the bottom end of the table.

“So, it will be keenly contested and Kilbirnie over the years have been a top club, so they will want to push themselves out of their position.

“They are more than capable but we are all looking forward to it.

“I am sure it will be a hard test but hopefully we will get the result we are looking for.”