Ayrshire Junior Preview – 24.02.18

Most recent wins are shown from left to right and league wins – draw – losses.

8-1-3 1/6 WWWWWL Auchinleck Talbot 13/2 Arthurlie LWDLLWX 13/2 1-4-5

Second top versus second bottom. Talbot have already lifted one trophy and are competing strongly in all the rest. They beat Arthurlie 5-0 at Dunterlie in late September and have won six, drawn one and lost once to leaders Kilwinning in last eight league games. After finding it tough against Gartcairn, ‘Lie recently exited the Scottish Cup to Carnoustie. They’ve only played three league games since early October and picked up one point from them.

7-2-3 2/9 WWLXWW Beith Juniors 6/1 Clydebank WLLXLL 5/1 1-2-8

Mighty are third and five points behind the Buffs, the Bankies bottom with five points from eleven games despite winning the Sectional League Cup earlier in the season. Beith beat Clydebank 2-1 during an early five game winning run. Their next seven haven’t been quite so successful as they’ve won two, drawn two and lost three. Bankies only win came against Cumnock in late September they’ve played four since and picked up a point.

1-5-4 31/10 LLXXWL Girvan 5/1 Kilwinning Rangers XWWWLW 2/5 9-1-2

Girvan are fourth from bottom with eight points from ten games, twenty points behind leaders Kilwinning having played two games less. Girvan had drawn five, won win and a couple of defeats to Kilbirnie and Kilwinning in their first eight games, they’ve since suffered from plenty of postponements and lost their last two league games. Rangers are unbeaten in their last eight league games, winning seven with one drawn.

2-1-7 13/8 WWLWLL Hurlford United 7/2 Kilbirnie Ladeside LWLXXW 10/11 5-4-3

United are struggling third from bottom and two points ahead of rock bottom Clydebank, they’ve just reached the Scottish Cup quarter finals but lost all four league games played since mid-September. Fifth place Ladeside are nine points off the pace at the top and beat Hurlford 2-0 early in the season, since then they’ve won three, drawn three and lost two of their next eight in the league.

5-2-4 8/15 WWWLWL Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 21/5 Cumnock WLWWXW 13/5 4-1-7

Rob Roy are eleven points off the top with a game in hand over the leaders, they won three of their first four league games including a win against ‘Nock, they’ve since won two, drawn two and lost three of seven. With just one win from their first seven league games, Cumnock looked destined for the drop. However, they’ve since picked themselves up with a point against Kilbirnie then back to back home wins against Clydebank, Girvan and the Glens.

5-4-3 21/20 LLWWWW Pollok 16/5 Glenafton Athletic WLXLXL 6/4 4-3-3

The sides battled out a 1-1 draw at Loch Park back in late September and since then Pollok have produced the better of the league results. The fourth placed Newlandsfield side have won four, drawn one and lost one to Auchinleck (in the Scottish Cup a fortnight later as well) in the league since, whilst seventh placed Glenafton have lost two, drawn one and lost one.

4-2-5 9/4 LWWLWW Irvine Meadow XI 9/2 Petershill WXWWLL 4/7 12-2-1

Peasy continue to set the pace at the top of the league and are twenty-four points ahead of Medda, although the Meadow Park side have four games in hand. Medda were beaten 4-0 when the played Peasy in September but have won their last two league games, despite losing almost a couple of month’s worth of matches to the weather beforehand. Peasy have only lost one of this seasons league games and taken 38 from a possible 45 points on offer.

3-3-6 4/1 LLLWWL Kello Rovers 11/2 Cambuslang Rangers WWWWLW 3/10 10-1-2

Rovers are fourth bottom and nineteen points behind second placed Rangers having played a game less, and the sides fought out a 3-3 draw when they last met. Defensively the sides are almost identical, though Cambuslang score a touch over twice as many goals as Kello. Rovers have played four league games in the past three months, winning two then losing last two back to back. Rangers have won six of last seven with the last three back to back.

9-2-4 4/7 LWLWXW Renfrew 21/5 Darvel Juniors LLWWLX 12/5 5-4-6

The then second placed Renfrew lost the reverse of this fixture 2-0 when they met Darvel at Recreation Park in January. They’ve now slipped to third behind Cambuslang after losing two of their last three and struggling to beat a poor Larkhall side 4-3 at New Western Park. Darvel are ten points behind ‘Frew and since back to back wins against Renfrew and Kilsyth, have lost at home to Troon and Largs.

5-1-6 9/4 LLWWLW Rutherglen Glencairn 4/1 Largs Thistle WXLWWW 8/13 8-4-5

Mid table Glens are twelve points behind fourth placed Theesel and have played five games less. Glens lost their first three league games and have since improved enough to win five, draw one and lose three of their next nine and that includes a 2-0 defeat to Theesel. Largs have fared a little better by winning four, drawing three and just the one loss to Medda from their last eight league games.

2-3-10 9/2 XLLWLL Shettleston 6/1 Troon WWLWLW 1/4 8-3-3

Troon spanked Town 5-2 earlier in the season and things haven’t improved much for Town since then, they’re third from bottom with nine points from fifteen games. Since beating Darvel in October, they’ve picked up five from a possible twenty-four points. Troon are fifth and eleven points behind Peasy with a game in hand, they lost to Medda on the opening day and have only lost to first and third place Peasy and Renfrew in their next thirteen league games.

3-1-6 11/4 XLLLWW Annbank United 5/1 Craigmark Burntonians WDLWLW 4/9 7-1-5

Craigmark are only three points behind leaders Irvine Vics with a game in hand, and ten ahead of Annbank. Two of United’s three wins came in December against Saltcoats and Maybole, before back to back defeat and a draw last time away at Ardrossan. Craigmark won seven of their first eight league games with the defeat coming against leaders Irvine, they’ve only picked up one point from their last two but did beat Cumbernauld in cup last weekend.

1-1-7 5/1 LLXLLL Muirkirk Juniors 6/1 Irvine Victoria XWWWLL 2/9 8-1-2

Muirkirk are bottom of the ADL after picking up only four points from a possible twenty-seven, they’ve played five league games since their only win back in late September and picked up a point since then and shedding a load of goals in the process. Leaders Vics won the reverse fixture 3-1 just six weeks ago at Victoria Park, they go into this match with three wins and a draw from their last four.

2-1-9 5/1 LXLLWW Saltcoats Victoria 6/1 Ardrossan Winton Rovers XLWWWW 2/9 7-2-5

Vics are struggling third from bottom with just seven points from twelve games, with most of those coming from back to back wins against Whitletts and Ardrossan back in November and December. They’ve since picked up one point from last four games. After not such a good start, Rovers won six from seven before a recent defeat against Maybole and draw against Annbank in their last two.

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