Beith manager Bryan Young says he was delighted with his side’s character as they came from two goals down to beat East Kilbride FC 3-2 in a friendly.

The Mighty maintained their undefeated preseason at last weekend courtesy of goals from Paul Frize, Kevin Watt as well as an own goal from the Lowland League


Speaking to the Herald, Young said: “East Kilbride are a very talented squad and they did control the majority of the game but we did hold our own.

“We found ourselves two nil down which was disappointing at the time but the spirit to come back was absolutely tremendous. It just shows the players are buying into what we are trying to do and the result was huge for them.”

Alongside the return of fans to Bellsdale in recent weeks, the club saw some very special visitors for their win over East Kilbride.

Former Rangers legends Ally McCoist and Archie Knox were spotted in amongst the fans, with Young admitting it was a surprise appearance from the duo.

He said: “I did not know much about them coming to the game or anything ahead of the fixture.

“However, I did see some of the players getting involved with McCoist on social media afterwards.

“Watt was having a laugh with him saying ‘did you see my poacher’s goal’s and he responded back which was brilliant.

“It is great PR for the club and for our level to see these sorts of guys watching our games. “

The games are soon to ramp up in the coming weeks for Beith with the return of the West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) on July 17.

They are set to kick off their second season in the WoSFL Premier Division with an away game against Cumnock, with Young saying it is a tricky tie to start the season.

He added: “Going away to Townhead Park is such a difficult fixture, everyone knows that, and I have been there many a time as a player.

“Despite all that it is a fixture that I am looking forward to and it is so important that we get off to a good start.”