A DREAM Three Towns derby dug-out debut for Saltcoats Vics boss George Grierson saw his side topple bitter rivals Ardrossan Winton Rovers.

However it was a nightmare afternoon for opposing manager Bryan Slavin who said the 2-0 league defeat at Winton Park was one of the "most disappointing" results of his career.

Grierson was delighted with his team's display and hopes to build on it.

He said: "It's always good to win derby games. I would say we deserved to win as we were the hungrier team and that's a good result. We have totally changed the team by bringing in 17 new players and training is going well. I felt we were unlucky the previous week when we lost at Maybole but missed some chances. However we are taking it match by match and will prepare for the Lugar match a week on Saturday. I will watch them on Saturday."

Meanwhile Slavin is looking for a response from his players as they face Maryhill away in the West of Scotland Cup on Saturday.

He said: "That must be the poorest performance from us since I took over. That has to be one of the most disappointing results of my whole career. I brought in some of the guys who weren't getting a game but we just didn't play well and there are no excuses. I thought action should have been taken on one of their players for what I thought was a headbutt on Alan Muir, who needed stitches on his mouth, but I have no arguments against the decision to send off Michael Lennox as he shouldn't have made that kind of challenge when on a yellow card."

The manager added: "I will be looking for a reaction when we play Maryhill away in the West on Saturday. It's a break from the league. Hopefully we can get a result but the most important thing is that we produce a good performance."

Kilbirnie Ladeside boss Budgie McGhie says his team can overcome Penicuik Athletic in a Scottish Cup second round replay, following a 2-2 draw at Valefield Park on Saturday.

He said: "I felt we played well considering we had a three-week layoff. They are a good side and have been top of their league but we could have won the game but we don't have any fears about going up to Penicuik and hopefully we can win the replay."

Beith boss Johnny Millar was pleased to take a point as his side drew 2-2 away to Auchinleck Talbot in the Premier Division.But h

But he felt the dismissal of midfielder Paul Frize was a "soft" decision.

He said: "It's a point gained as Beechwood is a hard place to go but we played well and went 2-0 up despite being a man down before they came back."

Beith on Monday defeated Petershill 3-0 away in a bounce game.