MIDFIELD ace Callum Davidson and defender Pete Wood have their sights set on title glory in 2018, after helping Irvine Vics get back on track.

The Westenders went into their Christmas party night in high spirits on Saturday, defeating hosts Ardeer Thistle 1-0.

Victory came three weeks after suffering a humbling 4-1 defeat away to Ardrossan Winton Rovers in their last match. It took them up to second in the Ayrshire District League, just three points behind leaders Craigmark Burntonians.

Davidson was impressed with the result and performance and said: "I felt I did okay and got a few tackles and passes in. No football was played, so we had to battle well and get on top. They are a stuffy team so it was a tough game.

"We want to win the league but we must take it a game at a time and try and build on this and pick up a few wins. It was a bad result against Winton but it was good to get it our of our systems."

Wood said back-to-back defeats had galvanised his side.

He commented: "We got a doing at Winton and the Scottish Cup game the week before against Forth was disappointing. It was just 1-0, we needed the points so the scoreline doesn't matter. The boys dug out a win. We had other chances and Eddie Ablorh missed a sitter. We still want to win the league - that is the main focus."

Manager Stevie Wilson was very impressed with his team's performance and said: "I thought we thoroughly deserved to win as we were the better team. In the first half we used our width, knocked the ball about well and were crunching into tackles. Eddie Ablorh missed an excellent chance after the break and I felt we needed the second goal to kill the game but we had a clean sheet after not playing in a number of weeks. I am over the moon. It's a good way to finish the year.

"Pete Wood was excellent along with Paul Young and George Bonner. Chris Wilson did well along with Callum Davidson, Kevin Adam and Eddie Ablorh. It was a great finish from Grant Bolton although I don't know if he meant it. We took out our frustrations after what happened at Winton. If we play well I have no fears."

Meanwhile Irvine Meadow boss Brian McGinty hopes his side will finally play their Scottish Junior Cup third round tie at Dyce on Saturday, following three postponements. They had hoped to play a home league friendly on Saturday against Kilsyth Rangers but a frozen pitch put paid to that.

McGinty said: "We have a few guys unavailable but I am hopeful if we play well we can win the tie, it would be a good way to go into the break."