INJURY-ravaged Ardrossan Winton Rovers are suffering a huge selection crisis which has left them struggling to field a team tonight (Wednesday).

Manager Sandy MacLean will have to draft in trialists to fill the jerseys for the short trip to Abbey Park to face Kilwinning Rangers in the Ardagh Glass Cup and the home clash with Kilbirnie Ladeside on Saturday.

MacLean said: "We have just nine fit players for Wednesday and have to bring in a few trialists. You could say it's injury hell for us. We will be without Jamie McKenna, who is suspended. He was harshly sent off for a tackle at Largs on Wednesday as it was nothing more than a coming together as their centre-back stepped across him.

"Our goalie Bryan Tucker is also injured as are Bobby Colligan, Alan Jamieson, David Orr, Bobby Colligan and Kevin Struthers.

"Alan Muir is still on holiday and he will back for the Kilbirnie game on Saturday, although I don't know if he will be ready to play. We will look at Kevin and Bryan but they are very doubtful, Jamie will be suspended and the others will still be out."

However MacLean was still upbeat about his team's performance on Saturday which saw them go 3-1 up against former Scottish Junior Cup winners Beith only to see the Garnock Valley club rally to win 4-3.

He said: "I have a lot of respect for Beith and their manager Johnny Millar, who won the Scottish Cup with me at Arthurlie. We more then matched them in the first half and deserved to be 3-1 up. However we eventually ran out of steam."

Beith boss Millar is encouraged with his side's progress. They have six points from two games, having also defeated Dalry Thistle 3-1 last Wednesday.

He said: "We've made a good start and I'm impressed by our strikers David McKenna and Keir Milliken, who I feel will do well. The target is to win two of the last three games to qualify. Hopefully we can get a win at Largs on Wednesday, although it's a tough place to go."

Kilbirnie Ladeside manager Budgie McGhie is impressed with three recent signings who he feels have added quality to the squad.

They have landed former Morton striker John Scullion, who was on target in the 3-1 defeat at Largs Thistle on Saturday, along with former Killie youths striker Reece Williamson, who also played with Greenock Juniors and ex-Queens Park full-back Gavin Mitchell.

He said: "John is a creative and skilful player who should do well for us. Reece gets forward well and and has a really great attitude. Gavin is strong and has a lot of first-team experience with Queens Park."