SATURDAY's thumping 6-0 win away to Cumnock was a great way for Beith to "bounce back" from their first league defeat of the season.

That was the view of manager Johnny Millar after the Townhead Park victory came seven days after they went down 2-1 to bitter rivals Kilbirnie Ladeside.

However he refuses to get carried away and expects competition at the top of the league.

Millar said on Monday: "I would say the Kilbirnie defeat was just a blip and that was a good way for us to bounce back by winning at Cumnock and we played well. We have had a good start in the league but that's all it is. Other teams are challenging like Kilwinning and Kilbirnie, and Auchinleck and Glenafton."

The manager had some sympathy for his counterpart John McKeown who left Cumnock by mutual consent on Sunday.

He said: "It's always unfortunate when a manager loses their job. John got Cumnock to the West of Scotland Cup final last season and they finished sixth in the league."

Meanwhile Saltcoats Victoria chairman Ray Montgomerie said he was "100 per cent" confident his side would be able to field a team for their next league game away to Ardrossan Winton Rovers next month after being unable to field a team for the second time in three weeks.

The scheduled game away to Ardeer Thistle was called off with the Seasiders short of players. That came two weeks after they could not put up a side in the Scottish Junior Cup, which resulted in their elimination from the competition.

However with George Grierson appointed as manager last week after quitting Muirkirk, the former Killie skipper is hopeful of new faces coming in.

He said: "It was difficult getting a team for Saturday. Six players left before Tam McClelland stepped down and another two or three followed him with another couple leaving after the caretaker stepped down. Unfortunately players' loyalties seem to be with managers rather than clubs which is unfortunate. We wanted to bring in a manager who could recruit players and George Grierson can do that."

Asked if they would have a team for the next game on November 4, Montgomerie said: "100 per cent."

Winton Rovers manager Bryan Slavin was impressed with his team's display as they defeated Annbank United 5-2 at Dam Park Stadium.

It was their second win out of three under this tenure.

He said: "We played really well in the first half although not so well in the second but that's something we will work on. Overall it was a good performance. It was great to see our new signing Thomas Donovan scoring twice on his debut and Jamie McKenna getting a hat-trick, I think they will work well together."