INJURED Irvine midfielder Colin Spence this week revealed he was well on the mend after being taken to hospital on Saturday.

The former Talbot ace suffered concussion after taking a knock to the head in the 2-1 home win against Largs Thistle.

He said in a Facebook post on Sunday: “ Thanks to everyone who has sent a message and asking for me.

“Obviously I took a blow to the head yesterday and ended up with concussion.

“Still got a pretty sore head today but am sure I’ll be feeling fine in a couple of days.

“Thanks to everyone who looked after me at the club till the ambulance came and special mention to Iain Gillan.”

Spence was one of two players in the wars for Meadow in what was their McBookie Premirship opener on Saturday as goalscorer Rhys Devlin went off with a knee injury.

Boss Brian McGinty said: “It’s a relief that Colin is okay but we will not be rushing him and he will miss a couple of games.

“Rhys could be longer but we don’t know at this stage,

We will await the outcome of a scan and take it from there.”

On the footballing front, McGinty was encouraged with the display and said: “It was good especially as we got off to a bad start last season.

“We played well and took our chances.”

Added the manager: “We have tough games away to Glenafton on Wednesday and home to Kilwinning on Saturday and will be looking to take something from them.”

New-look Buffs meanwhile got off to a dream start, defeating Clydebank 3-1 away in the first league game at their new ground courtesy of strikes from new signing Ryan Wilson and Carlo Monti with the other goal an own goal.

Boss Chris Strain was encouraged and said: “It’s not the best we have played but it was a good result in our first league match.”

“The application and endeavour was really good from the players and that’s encouraging.

“The new signings have fitted in well to the squad.”

Buffs tomorrow (Wednesday) have a challenging match, hosting treble winners Auchinleck Talbot for the first time at Kilwinning Sports Club before Strain faces his old side.

He said: “We don’t fear Auchinleck and will go into the game looking to win it.

“I feel we let ourselves down against Irvine Meadow the last time we played them and will be looking to play well and get a result.