KILWINNING Rangers boss David Gormley said there was only a “slight sense of disappointment” following his side’s 6-3 defeat to Darvel on Friday.

He said that Mick Kennedy’s team are “miles ahead” of the Buffs at the moment and that they should not be disheartened with the result against a “far superior team”.

Friday’s WoSFL Premier League match at Buffs Park was a fantastic advert for this level of football, with goals and tackles flying and two teams really going at it.

It was actually Kilwinning who took the lead with Thomas Collins converting a Ben Lewis cross on two minutes.

However, goals from Ross Meechan, Ian McShane and Craig Truesdale saw Darvel push ahead, before Kieren Wood made sure the tie was finely poised at half time.

Buffs boss Gormley told the Times: “We went in half time at 3-2 and we told them just to keep doing what we were doing and be a bit more focussed but when you’re playing against a team like that they’re going to pin you down and fair play to Darvel I thought they were good to watch at times.”

The second half then saw Darvel show their class and pull well away from the home side.

Craig Truesdale added two more to complete his hat-trick before a Jordan Kirkpatrick strike put Darvel 6-2 ahead - meaning Thomas Collins’ second goal on 88 minutes was little more than a consolation.

Speaking after the game, Gormley commented: “There’s a slight sense of disappointment because you’ve just been beat at a game of football but we’ve scored three goals at home, any other game you’re winning, but you’re playing against this team that’s a far superior team to us.

“They’re miles ahead of us, they’ve been playing together for three years, they’re a team that’s a right good footballing team. The way they move the ball, the way they move out of possession. We tried to stop it, we tried to nullify it as best we could and I thought in spells we did and we did well.

“We’ve got Cambuslang, Hurlford and Cumnock in the next three league games – that’s where we are let’s not be kidded.”

“Darvel are a good team, they play Aberdeen next week and a lot of people are thinking that they are going to give them a good game.

“That just shows the standard of where they are, so fair play to them.”

The only disappointing thing for the Buffs boss was the type of goals they conceded, with half of Darvel’s six goals coming from corners.

He added: “That’s the biggest thing, you think they’re going to carve you open but they never. The first one’s just a basic, simple header – someone’s not tracked their runner.

“For us, it was a learning curve tonight, I’m not saying it was a free hit because it was a league game, but it was a game for them to go and enjoy and learn from and hopefully we can pick up points by taking wee things from tonight.”