Neilston co-manager Martin Campbell admits his side’s next two games will prove to be the acid test of the Farmer’s Boys promotion credentials.

Neilston have had a strong start to their Central District First Division campaign, they sit fifth with three automatic promotion places on offer and one play-off spot.

They will travel to face the two teams immediately above them in the next two league games, St Roch’s on Saturday followed by Rossvale two weeks later.

Campbell is under no illusions as to the importance of both ties and urged his players to make a promotion statement in the testing fixtures.

He said: “They’re both big games for us. They’ll be good markers for us in terms of our promotion chances.

“If you have any hopes of winning promotion you have to get good results against the teams that are up there.

“I definitely think both teams will be up there come the end of the season. They’re massive games and opportunities for us to put a marker down and show our rivals what we’re all about.”

Campbell conceded his team had been far from perfect this season and has called on his squad to cut out a worrying habit.

The Farmer’s Boys have conceded goals late on several times this season, most recently in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Glasgow Perthshire.

And although the late slips are yet to cost Neilston points, Campbell has demanded focus from his side in the closing stages of games.

He said: “We had to guard against a bit of complacency with Perthshire’s results so far. I’ve got to say I thought Perthshire were decent on the day.

“I think our bit of extra quality made the difference in the second half, it was two great headers from Craig Patterson and Paul Stewart that won it for us.

“We have lost a lot of goals late on, I want to get that stopped. It’s not cost us points as yet but it is putting us on the back foot late in games.”