WING wizard Dean Agnew hopes he can help Kilwinning Rangers mount a league title challenge after his return to Buffs.

Agnew made his official return to action at Kilwinning Sports Club on Saturday, when his team went down 1-0 to Lowland League outfit BSC Glasgow.

The former Stranraer ace was a fans’ favourite in his first spell with the club, which came to an end two years ago.

He told Sportscene: “Training has been tough but it will be worth it. We were the better team after 20 minutes but didn’t take a couple of chances.

“I was at Hurlford for a season, it didn’t work out then I played with Stranraer Reserves for a season and then Kilwinning got in contact.

“A few of the boys I know from before like Ben Lewis and Tommy Maitland from my last time at Kilwinning.

“ I just want to get back playing regular football and scoring goals and helping the team all I can.

“We want to be up there challenging for the league and hopefully we can do well in the cups.”

“ I like the new set up and a lot of work is being done on the new stadium at Kilwinning Sports Club

Irvine Meadow manager Brian McGinty, meanwhile was encouraged with the way his team played in their first home pre-season friendly on Saturday.

They defeated Lowland League team Cumbernauld Colts 2-0 at Meadow Park five days after goals from new signing Adam Forsyth and Darren Miller had helped them defeat Ashfield away 2-1.

Darren Jones netted and skipper Ben Carson was on target from the penalty spot in Saturday’s victory.

McGinty said: “You really can’t read too much into friendlies but it was good to score a couple of goals.

“We played some good football and it was entertaining to watch.

“At times it was quite high-tempo stuff.

“Our fitness levels are high, you could see that on Saturday.

“The players have all been working hard in training and it’s good now to get some games under our belts.

“We can work on different things in training.

“But we have to keep working hard to prepare us for the start of the season.”

Irvine Meadow next host Petershill tomorrow (Wednesday) ko 7.15pm before hosting Kilsyth Rangers on Saturday, ko 2pm.

They face Johnstone Burgh away next Wednesday, July 17, ko 7.15pm and they welcome Lesmahagow to Meadow Park on Saturday, July 20, ko 2pm.