Ardrossan Winton Rovers manager Gavin Friels says he was thrilled to pick up his first win in charge as his side beat Lanark United 2-1 at the weekend.

It has been a tough start for Friels since his appointment at Winton Park at the end of last month.

On his debut match in charge of Rovers, he saw his side fall to a 6-2 loss against Glasgow Perthshire at Winton Park.

In his next game, the Winton lost again at home, this time in a 3-1 defeat to St Anthony’s.

So, Friels travelled to Lanark desperate to not make it three in a row against the bottom placed side in Conference C.

They started brightly taking the lead at the end of the first half through Jason Walker to give them the lead at the break.

In the second half, the hosts rallied and equalised through Jake Hughes.

But Rovers managed a dramatic last gasp winner from Walker to ensure their first win of the Friels era.

Speaking to the Herald, Friels said: “I am delighted obviously to get the three points first and foremost.

“I do not think Lanark are a bottom of the league team, they were better than I was expecting.

“It was not an easy task going away there and playing on an astro turf because the game was moved.

“The conditions did not suit us but we dug in well and got up the road with the three points.”