PAUL Lovering will warn his Benburb players against thinking they are a “better team than they are” ahead of going up against Troon in tonight’s second round of Premier Division fixtures.

The men from Govan ran out narrow 1-0 weekend winners over Rob Roy in their season opener,  a goal from debutant striker Euan Loudon separating the teams , at the same time as  Troon were sent crashing  to a 3-0 defeat away to Kilwinning Rangers however  seasoned campaigner Lovering reckons the twin outcomes will have no bearing on events down at Portland Park ..

He insisted: ”If anything Troon will be that  bit extra  motivated  in wanting to  bounce back from Saturday’s result playing in front of their own supporters  for the first time so our guys cannot be found  wanting for hunger and desire if we seriously want to take something from the game.

“Nobody will ever describe  us as a team of fancy-dans playing slick passing football but what we do possess in spades is fitness, a high work ethic and most important of all , a fierce determination not to be second best .

“Those qualities served us well against Rob Roy and I’ll gladly settle for more of the same down at Troon…and a similar result as well.”

One time Airdrie playing legend Luvvers’ delight with his side’s curtain-raiser performance has  insiders thinking he could well opt for a `same again` team selection however club captain Ryan Livingston might come into consideration for  selection after missing Saturday’s game and the Bens boss might also favour freshening things up with  starting jerseys  for free from suspension defender Josh Meechan as well as experienced midfielder Scott Jarvie, a substitute against Rob Roy.

Changes are in the offing for hosts Troon with experienced front man Ryan Nisbet tipped to play from the start however thought to be a definite non-starter is versatile type Ewan McLevy who was taken to Hospital with a head knock sustained against Kilwinning.

The former Brechin City defender, a Pollok trialist pre-season before signing for Troon ,  was thankfully given the all clear and allowed home but is unlikely to be risked in his new club’s second outing in four days.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Rob Roy can hardly expect points to be easy come by when from the visit of an Auchinleck Talbot side, left smarting by having to settle for a 2-2 share of the spoils at home to Clydebank whose own sense of aggrievement could be taken out on Holm Park opponents Cumbernauld United .

Early frontrunners Pollok, whose 5-1 nap hand victory over Blantyre Vics was capped by a scintillating debut appearance by teenager Matty Grant (scorer of  a Lok goal )  are fancied to retain  top spot with a win away to Bonnyton Thistle while the vanquished Vics will look  to climb off bottom spot in the standings when Hurlford United(3-2 opening day victors over  Kilbirnie Ladeside)  come  through to Castle Park.

Top game in Conference League A is undoubtedly the Hannah Park clash of fallen giants Shotts Bon  Accord and Arthurlie, both winners  on Saturday , while a healthy attendance is promised for the all-Lanarkshire meeting of Bellshill Athletic and Lesmahagow in what is Bellshill’s first game back at their Rockburn Park home ground.

McKenna Park plays host to a potential Conference B cracker in St Cadocs locking horns with Greenock while Neilston will look to further their claim as one of the leading Conference C lights when heading out on  the road to face St Rochs .

Drumchapel United will be out to build on their opening triumph over Petershill when facing Yoker Athletic while Glasgow Perthshire will likewise be looking to post their second consecutive three points haul when Lanark United  visit Keppoch Park.

The Division Four stakes has Harmony Row having to `do it all again` when taking on B.S.C Glasgow  following on  from the abandonment midway through the second half  of their opening fixture against  Glenvale due to Vale player Jamie Sidebotham suffering a serious dislocated shoulder injury (Harmony Row were 2-0 up).

And a long night of sorts is promised for players of Campbeltown Pupils…thrashed 6-0 by Kilsyth  Athletic at the weekend … ahead of making the long journey to face St Peters at New Western Park.

PLAYING TONIGHT  (Kick Off 7.30 PM):P.D.M Buildbase Premier League.Rob Roy v Auchinleck Talbot , Clydebank v Cumbernauld Utd , Rossvale v Cumnock, Beith v  Largs Thistle , Rutherglen Glencairn v Irvine Meadow, Kilbirnie Ladeside v Kilwinning Rangers, Troon v Benburb,  Blantyre Vics v Hurlford Utd, Bonnyton Thistle v Pollok, Glenafton v Darvel. PDM Buildbase Conference League A.Bellshill Athletic v Lesmahagow,  Craigmark v Irvine Vics, Lugar Boswell v Muirkirk, Johnstone Burgh v Maryhill, Glasgow University v Girvan, Whitletts Vics v Saltcoats Vics, , Maybole v  Forth Wanderers, Shotts Bon Accord v Arthurlie.  PDM Buildbase Conference League B. Glasgow Utd v Cambuslang Rangers, St Cadocs v Greenock, Port Glasgow v Dalry Thistle, Kello Rovers v Ardeer Thistle,  Royal Albert v Newmains Utd,  Gartcairn, v Carluke Rovers,  Thorniewood Utd v Renfrew.PDM Buildbase Conference League C. St Rochs v Neilston, Kilsyth Rangers v Petershill , Drumchapel Utd, v Yoker Athletic,Larkhall Thistle v St Anthonys, Wishaw v East Kilbride Thistle,  Glasgow Perthshire v Lanark Utd, Vale of Leven v Vale of Clyde. PDM Buildbase Division Four. Harmony Row v B.S.C. Glasgow (8PM), St Peters v  Campbeltown Pupils(8PM), Kilsyth Athletic v  Harthill Royal.