AMBITIOUS Kilwinning Rangers have snapped up two new players to aid their survival fight after both made impressive debuts in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup.
And Irvine Meadow are hoping their 6-1 cup demolition of Craigmark Burntonians will help trigger a promotion push as they host Shettleston in the Super First Division on Saturday.
Buffs on Saturday defeated Hurlford United in a penalty shootout at Blair Park following a 1-1 draw. They fielded centre half Mike Morris, who was snapped up from Fauldhouse United and signed an 18-month deal on Monday night and young striker Lewis Morrison, who is on loan from Kilmarnock for the rest of the season.
Manager Chris Strain said: "Both players started the game and had very good debuts. Lewis is great at going forward and is a good prospect. Mike has a lot of experience and difficult to play against. I am sure both will do well for us."
Meanwhile Bryan Boylan has signed another two-year deal to keep him at Abbey Park until 2019.
"It's great Bryan is extending his time at the club. He is playing in more of a wide role at the moment and has matured a lot as a player over the last three to four years and has a great attitude. We already have 14 players committed for next season which is great," added the Abbey Park gaffer.
Buffs on Saturday face Pollok at Newlandsfield Park and Strain said: "Pollok are out of the title hunt although safe from relegation but they will be wanting to win the game. We have lost just once in the last six games and the target is to take something from it. Our fate is in our own hands."
Meanwhile Meadow co-boss Wardrope was impressed with his team's display as they gear up to face the league leaders on Saturday and said: "It was pleasing to score six goals, we dominated and could have won by even more. I was impressed with our new signing Chris McKnight, who made his first start and is fitting in very well. We might have a selection headache for Saturday as we brought in three or four guys who haven't been playing but that's a good dilemma to have."
He feels his side are still very much in promotion contention and added: "We are challenging and must look to keep winning and see what happens. Shettleston were lucky to get a draw with us up there - they scored a very late equaliser. But we are six points behind them with two games in hand so if we beat them we would be in a good position, so that has to be our target."