HIGH-flying Ardrossan Winton Rovers can be League One title contenders.

That is the view of recent signing Jamie Cunningham and boss Stevie Wilson after the Ardrossan side defeated Glasgow Perthshire 6-1 on Saturday to rack up their seventh win in eight league games.

Winton are in joint second spot, just six points behind leaders Gartcairn.

Cunningham, who is going for a second successive league winners' medal after taking the Premier Division prize with Beith last season, is pleased to be on board and said: "It was great to win with Beith last season, I was on the bench a lot but played in the game against Girvan which sealed it. One of the coaches at Beith put me in touch with Winton and they are a good club to be part of and well run.

"It was a good win for us although it was a tough game. We have a good squad and Stevie Wilson has a lot of experience. I expect it will be a difficult match at Blantyre on Saturday but we must go looking for three points."

Meanwhile Wilson is encouraged with progress but is urging caution.

He said: "We are on a good run and have won eight out of 12 games so far and only lost two. It was a good win for us on Saturday as I know Perthshire were hurting after we beat them earlier in the season up there. It's a big game for us at Blantyre but we will set ourselves up to go there and win."

Added the manager: "I know there's a long way to go but if we can keep our running going in the next few weeks hopefully we can be in a position that come February we can start thinking about a title challenge. For now we have to focus on the next game."

Meanwhile Kilbirnie Ladeside have not yet confirmed the identity of their new manager.

Ladeside secretary Gordon Ronney said:" We are talking to people although are not in a big rush. Coach Robert Scott will be in charge again this week."

No clues are being given on the candidates, although among the names being mentioned are former player Liam McGuinness and Dalry Thistle boss Gavin Friels.

Ladeside on Monday defeated BSC Glasgow 1-0 in a friendly at Scotstoun Stadium, Ryan Hines on target.

They return to competitive action on Saturday, heading to Loch Park to face Glenafton Athletic in a Premiership match.