Neilston co-manager Derek Carson says that he couldn’t have asked for much more from his side after their confidence-boosting 3-1 win away to Dalry at the weekend.

The Farmer’s Boys were looking to make it two away wins on the bounce after last weekend’s 3-2 win over Whitletts Victoria as Carson and Chris Cameron made just one change to their starting XI with Craig Patterson replacing the injured Allan Diack. 

Persistent rain just before kick-off made for testing conditions with both sides finding it difficult to adapt.

Neilston carved out the first real chance five minutes in, however, when Paul Stewart laid it off for Chris McLaughlin who couldn’t beat the keeper.

Dalry winger Kyle Cumming was the home side’s danger man, causing the visiting defence problems.

McLaughlin was Neilston’s main threat going forward in the first 45 and went close on two occasions before the break.

The breakthrough eventually came midway through the second-half after it fell kindly to Dylan Fletcher in the box.

Stewart was on hand to double Neilston’s lead shortly after that as the three points looked to be in the bag.

Dalry reduced the deficit straight from kick-off, however, when Jordan Stuart curled in a superb effort from the edge of the area. 

Neilston did well to quickly restore their two-goal advantage through Stewart before seeing it out for maximum points.

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That win all but secures Championship football for Neilston next season with boss Carson delighted for his side.

He said: “Two away wins and six goals, I can’t really ask for much more than that. I said to the boys that it was important to go on a wee run to keep confidence high and we’ve done exactly that with the last two wins. I’m delighted with that.

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“We were forced into one change with Allan Diack picking up an injury in training but it was good to have the majority of the same starting XI as last week. That kind of consistency is key at this stage of the season. 

“The win puts us closer to the top half of the table now rather than looking below us. We can now look above us and hopefully move up the table in the remaining games.”

Neilston are now set to start a stretch of four home matches this weekend as they welcome title challengers Rutherglen Glencairn to the Brig with Carson admitting it will be a big ask to continue their winning run.

He added: “Glencairn will be a really tough one. They’re one of the favourites to win the league or at least get promoted.”