Arthurlie boss Craig Palmer admits quality was in short supply as his team drew with Pollok on Saturday.

The 0-0 derby stalemate at Dunterlie Park leaves the Barrhead club in 12th place in the Premier Division, although they do have games in hand on teams above them.

Palmer told Barrhead Sport: “There wasn’t much quality in the game. However, what quality there was came from us.

“I didn’t think my goalkeeper had anything to do. All in all, a draw was a fair result but, if anyone was going to win, it looked like it would have been us.”

The home game against the Glasgow side was Arthurlie’s first since December 3, following a number of postponements due to bad weather.

Palmer said: “We haven’t been able to train because of the conditions, apart from five-a-side games. I also had a lot of first team players missing on Saturday.

“We’ll take the draw but I firmly believe we can beat teams like Pollok. That’s how good I think my side is.

“We got off to a slow start this season but are undefeated in five of our last six games.

“Consistency is the key and we are as good, if not better, than anyone else in the league on our day.”

Palmer has now turned his attention to Arthurlie’s home match against Irvine Meadow this Saturday.

The North Ayrshire side are currently seven points ahead but Palmer’s team have two games in hand.

Arthurlie have already beaten Meadow 1-0 away in the league but suffered a 3-0 cup defeat at their hands at Dunterlie Park.

Palmer admits that, given the quality of his opponents in the Premier Division, he would be happy for his team to stay up at the end of their first season back in the top flight.

Arthurlie were unbeaten in their promotion season but have lost five games so far this term.

“I don’t think our start has been good enough,” said Palmer. “I’m just looking to pick up points in each game and see where that takes us.

“If we can stay in the league this season and then build, I would be happy.

“There are 19 games to go and a lot of football still to be played.”

Kick-off for Saturday’s showdown with Meadow is at 1.30pm.