Irvine Meadow looking to deliver another blow to Kilwinning Rangers – finishing above them


Irvine Meadow co-boss Colin Spence is hoping to deliver another knockout blow for Kilwinning Rangers – finishing above them in the league.

Spence was delighted to see his side claim the derby spoils for the season on Saturday as Meadow won 1-0 at Buffs Park.

The win put Meadow past the magic 50 point mark, which should be enough to keep them out of the West of Scotland League Premier Division hatch.

But it also brought Meadow within nine points of the fifth-placed Buffs. And with five games less on their rivals – who have just one championship game left against title hopefuls Darvel – catching them is a realistic ambition.

Spence believes his side’s recent results mean they can take a lot of confidence going into their final six games.

He said: “The boys should really go out there and believe in themselves now.

“We went to Pollok and Kilwinning and got two fantastic results. It will give the boys a real boost – it should.

“You’d like to think we’ve done enough to protect ourselves and with the games going on maybe we can consider catching the teams above us like Hurlford and Kilwinning.

“We’ll just watch one game at a time and see how far we can go in the league.”

Meadow came out on top in a scrapbook contest at Buffs Park

Spence dedicated Meadow’s latest derby victory to the club’s supporters.

He added: “To come and beat your nearest rival and win two of the three games in the derby, that gives the fans bragging rights.

“They can enjoy the summer now knowing that we have won the last two derbies.

“I’m thrilled for the fans because they went through the wringer a bit.”

Meadow will face relegation-fighting Largs on Saturday and Spence admits he fears coming up against Stuart Davidson’s men.

“It’s games like this that we’ve struggled in for some reason since the Christmas holidays,” he said.

“One thing is for sure, Stuart will have them well organized and motivated, so you have to match that.

“But our away record has probably been as good as anyone in the league. We’ve lost three away all season, so that doesn’t phase us.

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