NEILSTON co-manager John Paul Dow believes his side are in a false position in the league table and still holds ambitions for automatic promotion.

The Farmer’s Boys are eighth in the Central District First Division as the junior schedule returns on Saturday. Neilston are a massive 13 points adrift of the automatic promotion spots and just four above the relegation zone, but Dow is adamant his team can challenge at the top end of the table in the second half of the season.

He said: “We started very well and we’ve had a bit of a wobble. Different things have gone against and I feel we are in a bit of a false league position. I think we should be higher up.

“The only game we were well beaten in was the Lesmahagow game and we’ve got to replay that.

“Every other game we’ve been in we’ve had an opportunity to take something from. We definitely need to be more clinical up front; that’s been a big problem.

“We’re aiming for the top two, without a doubt. In this league if you can put back-to-back results together you move right up the league.

“It’s a hard league so we’re under no illusions. The teams at the top just now will have a wobble and it’s up to us to try and take advantage of that.”

Dow and fellow co-manager Martin Campbell have taken steps to bulk up the squad with new recruits during the Christmas break. Former Arthurlie striker Brian Turner and midfielder Grant Beattie from East Kilbride YM have joined up at Brig O’Lea.

While Morton development squad midfielder Ruaridh Langan has signed on loan until January 31.

Neilston return to action on Saturday when Vale of Clyde visit Brig O'Lea, kick-off 1.45pm.