FOR the fourth time this season,  new Irvine Meadow co-boss Colin Spence will come up against Ayrshire rivals Glenafton Athletic on Saturday.

And the previous games could hardly have been tighter, with two ending in a draw and Meadow winning the third one on penalties in the Macron Scottish Junior Cup.

He will renew acquaintance with former team-mates Mick McCann and Craig Pettigrew.

Spence, who has brought in team-mate James Latta as co-boss and former Meadow and Talbot ace David Gillies as a coach, is looking to re-shape the Meadow squad and will use the rest of the season to assess the players and make changes he feels are necessary.

The midfielder said: "I plan to play as little as possible so we can manage the team. That's important.

"Of course we want to win matches but we will use the last 10 league games as an expirement to see how we do.

"We have had the same old guys playing the last few seasons. There are good players here but the squad needs freshening up. We will assess everyone and see how it goes.

"We are still in the West of Scotland Cup so hopefully we can do well there."

Spence has had lots of well wishes from friends in football.

"The Talbot manager Tommy Sloan has been on to me as has George Grierson at Whitletts Vics to wish me well. I will also chat to Stuart Davidson, the Largs manager, who was with me at Talbot.

"I am relishing the challenge."