So far so good for League new boys

Cumbernauld Colts co-managers Craig McKinlay and James Orr
Cumbernauld Colts co-managers Craig McKinlay and James Orr

Cumbernauld Colts take on Preston Athletic at Broadwood in their first home game of the new year on Saturday.

Colts began 2016 with a 1-1 draw at East Kilbride on Saturday which maintained their place in fifth spot in the Lowland League table.

In contrast Preston are languishing third from bottom and went down 2-0 to Colts when the Cumbernauld side visited Prestonpans in October.

Colts co-manager Craig McKinlay said: “We won down there earlier in the season and played really well on the day.

“It will be good to get back to playing on our home ground but it will be a difficult game because they will certainly be looking to have a better second half to the season.

McKinlay was pleased to take a point from East Kilbride on Saturday and overall is delighted with the position the Lowland League new boys find themselves in at the turn of the year.

He said: “We had a couple of lads out so we had to make changes but the lads who came in did really well.

“East Kilbride are a good side, as they have shown by what they have done in the Scottish Cup. so to go there and get a point and go into the new year in fifth place just a point behind them, we’ve got to be pleased with that.

“At that start of the season consolidation and establishing ourselves in the league was the aim and we have to be delighted at how quickly the lads have found their feet at this level. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

Colts have freshened up their squad, bringing in teenage central defender Scott Davidson on loan until the end of the season and snapping up left-back Drew Ramsay from Lowland League rivals BSC Glasgow.

McKinlay also plans to bring in former Stirling Albion forward Andy Hunter, whom we worked with at Dunipace Juniors.

Central defender Alan Benton has left the club while back-up ’keeper Ross Doohan has returned to Celtic following the completion of his loan spell.

Colts are also looking for players to come through the development pathway from their under-20 side and McKinlay is delighted with the progress being made by Jordan Pirrie who impressed as a sub at East Kilbride.

He said: “Jordan has only just turned 17 but has done really well.

“His attitude and approiach have been excellent and we have every confidence that he can establish himself in the first team squad.

“The under-20s are our reserve side and if we can have players coming through that pathway to the first team that’s got to be encouraging for everyone.”