Neilston manager Andy Whiteford insists it was no surprise to see his team thump Kilwinning Rangers on Saturday...but he wishes the win had arrived a bit sooner.

Relegation to the Second Division for the Farmer’s Boys had been confirmed last week but they bounced back in style at Buffs Park, with two goals each from Dom Reilly and Dillan Duddy, alongside a Joe McKeown strike, securing a 5-1 victory.

It was the first time Neilston had picked up three points since February and Whiteford hailed his players for showing they aren't prepared to down tools.

He told Barrhead Sport: “I don’t think we played any better than we had done over the last few weeks but we were more clinical in front of goal.

“It’s slightly frustrating to do it now but we’re pleased to stop the run of defeats and it’s good to get three points and score five goals, which will give us a boost heading into next season.

“I always felt a game like that was going to come and I just wish it had come a wee bit sooner. It proves that we can go and beat decent sides at this level if we take our chances and get a couple of breaks.

“I always knew the guys would fight right to the last game of the season. I go into every game wanting to win, no matter if it’s a game of fives or a friendly or a competitive fixture.

“It’s something I wouldn’t allow to creep in but it can when there’s nothing to play for, so it’s pleasing they showed that personal pride.”

Neilston remain bottom of the First Division with just one game remaining.

However, while relegation has been confirmed, the Brig O’Lea side could still climb off the foot of the table.

Three points in their final league match against Thorniewood, coupled with defeat for Whitletts Victoria against Ashfield, will see them leapfrog Vics.

Whiteford insists he will be fully focused on Neilston's fixture, with some players from the development squad set to be handed the chance to impress.

He added: “No matter what happens elsewhere, we just want to win our game.

“We’ve got a few bodies missing this weekend, so it’s a good opportunity to use some of the younger guys because the under-20s have had a great season.”

Kick-off at the Brig O’Lea on Saturday is at 2pm.