RELIEVED Troon FC boss Matt Maley praised his team after they recovered from a drubbing to secure victory in a West of Scotland Cup tie.

They comfortably defeated League One team Royal Albert 2-0 to set up a testing home second round tie against Pollok, who were 2-1 winners away to Ardrossan Winton Rovers.

Maley said: "It was a comfortable win but it could have been more as Christian Nade missed a penalty and we had three or four other really good chances which we should have taken. We had to bounce back as it was a poor performance against Clydebank the previous week (they lost 5-1 at home to Clydebank).

"Of course we're happy to have a home tie and it's good we will be in the West after Christmas but Pollok are a good side with Murdie Mackinnon in charge, he had a few games against us in his time at Troon. They beat Cumnock in the Scottish Cup the other week."

But long before that The Seasiders will face Kirkintilloch in a bottom-half-of-the-table affair at Guy's Meadow on Saturday,

The Troon number two said: "Rob Roy have been a bit up and down recently but we want to pick up as many points as possible before Christmas so are looking to win this game. It's a very important one for us at this stage of the season."