Irvine Meadow and Kilwinning Rangers will play their first competitive matches since March and their first as senior clubs this weekend when they kick-off their league campaigns.

Both clubs will play in the Premier Division of the new West of Scotland Football League – the sixth-tier of Scottish football.

Meadow will start their league campaign away at Rossvale who they beat 5-1 in a recent pre-season friendly.

Co-boss Colin Spence told the Times: “Last week was really positive for the boys scoring five against Rossvale and six against Yoker. The squad should be full of confidence and that should set us up well for Saturday.

“In a way it is not ideal playing Rossvale as they will have had a week to look over us and seen what we are about but it should give the lads confidence.

“We were better than them so as long as we stick to the same methods and work as hard I am hopeful we can go there and get a positive result.

“Saturday will be our first game as a senior club so it’s a big day for everyone.

“We are really excited now, we will have a good week of training and we have several players back from injury so there is a good buzz about the place for our first competitive game since March.”

Kilwinning Rangers were 12 points clear at the top of the West Region Premiership before the season was cut short due to coronavirus with Auchinleck Talbot awarded the title based on points per game back in April.

Despite their strong performances last season, Buffs boss Chris Strain, believes that will count for little when they begin their quest for glory against Blantyre Victoria at home on Saturday.

He said: “People look at last season and with a few teams at the top end not competing this year and they think we will be automatic challengers but you have to earn that right. We need to make sure that we approach the games in the same manner with enthusiasm for work, and get the fundamentals right and if we do these things correctly we will not be too far away come the end of the season.”