NEILSTON co-boss Derek Carson hailed his players as “different class” after they maintained their perfect start to the new season.

The Farmer’s Boys secured a 4-1 win over Gartcairn at the Brig O’Lea on Saturday, thanks to goals from Jamie Docherty, Conor Bolger, Kieran Brophy and Cammy Haddow.

The visitors were on top in the first 10 minutes but it was Neilston who came closest to scoring as Paul Doyle hit the crossbar.

Docherty had more success when he was presented with a chance, hitting the net to put the home team 1-0 up before half-time.

As they did in the first period, Gartcairn dominated the opening stages of the second half and were unlucky not to grab an equaliser, with the crossbar and post coming to Neilston’s rescue.

The visitors were then made to pay as Bolger struck to make it 2-0.

Gartcairn reduced the deficit through a terrific strike from Danny Burns, only for Brophy to restore the two-goal advantage a short time later.

And Neilston saved the best for last as Haddow rounded off a sweeping move to make it 4-1.

It means Carson’s troops are still riding high in Conference B of the West of Scotland Football League.

And he reckons Neilston’s strength in depth has played a key role in their early success.

Carson told Barrhead Sport: “It’s a good place to be at the moment. The boys we brought in have great attitudes and just love football.

The team hasn’t changed in the last three games and that’s because the boys can see the quality sitting on the bench and know that, if their performances drop, somebody comes in and takes their place.

“I think that’s what’s driving the boys. Their attitude is different class and it just proves we made the right decision to keep kicking a ball this season.”

In a further boost, Neilston have signed Adam Forde on loan from Pollok.

Forde has been a prolific striker in the Junior ranks in recent years and spent time on loan at Neilston back in 2013.

Carson admits he jumped at the chance to secure Forde’s signature.

He added: “I think everybody knows how good Adam is. He contacted us a couple of weeks ago to say he would be interested in coming on loan and, with somebody like that, you can’t say no.”

Neilston are back in league action this Saturday, when they play host to Wishaw.