NEILSTON co-manager Martin Campbell admits Saturday’s home clash with Bellshill Athletic is a must-win tie for the Farmer’s Boys.

Campbell and co-boss John Paul Dow saw their side make a strong start to the campaign after taking over at Brig O’Lea in the summer, but Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at table-topping Cambuslang Rangers was Neilston’s sixth league game without a win.

After targeting promotion when the duo took over, Neilston are now just three points off the drop zone and Campbell insists he expects his side to arrest their slump on Saturday.

He said: “Saturday is a big test for us, we’ll definitely need to get three points.

“They’re below us in the league and it is a home game so we need to look at it as a good chance to take three points.”

Campbell had to name himself and coach John Boyd on the substitutes’ bench on Saturday such were their selection problems.

Although Campbell admitted there was never any danger of him at 42 and Boyd at 47 pulling on the boots again, he says it is an indication of the task that faced his team against a side which has won 10 of their 11 games this season.

He said: “I had to name myself and big Johnny Boyd on the bench on Saturday and play a couple of players out of position.To be fair to the boys we started the game really well.

“We made a mistake which led to the first goal, they scored a few minutes later then I saw the heads going down.

“I though Cambuslang were excellent up front, they caused us a lot of problems.”

Campbell conceded the Neilston management team were starting to get edgy about their proximity to the relegation zone, but says selection problems has made life difficult.

He added: “I won’t lie as a management team we are conscious of it, without a doubt. After a great start it has fell away a bit.

“I do think we have been unfortunate with players being unavailable through different things.”