JOHNSTONE Burgh manager Jamie McKim is convinced his side will come good once more after they were held to a goalless draw with Girvan on Saturday.

The result extends their winless run to three games in Conference A of the West of Scotland Football League.

Burgh had chances to claim all three points but passed up a number of chances with Sam Esplin and Ross McArthur 
having the pick of the opportunities.

McKim’s side are failing to find their scoring touch this season as they have found the net 18 times across their 12 fixtures, which is the third lowest in the Conference.

And after losing the likes of Jason Hardie and Paul Stewart, the Burgh boss wants someone else to step up and claim a starting spot in attack.

Speaking to Gazette Sport, he said: “Every team goes through a wee sticky patch but we’ll come through it together and make sure we work hard. I still believe we will be one of the top teams in the league.

“We’re disappointed to come away not having won it considering the chances that we missed. We had two or three golden chances.

“We need somebody to take the number nine jersey. The likes of Jojo Manderson, Jay Keenan and Ross MacFarlane, I’m looking for one of them to come in and stake a claim and say they want to be the striker I can rely on.”

At the other end of the pitch, Burgh boast the third best defence in the division having conceded just 17 goals in 12 fixtures, but did ship five against Arthurlie last weekend.

A positive of the afternoon for McKim was a more disciplined defensive display as his side picked up their fourth clean sheet of the season and they did so with a young backline as two 18-year olds made up part of the back four.

He explained: “I always say to the players that if we’re not going to win it make sure we don’t lose so the clean sheet was pleasing.”

The Keanie Park side will be hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday when Burgh travel to Victoria Park to take on Irvine Victoria.

The Vics are stranded towards the foot of the table having picked up just one point from 13 games this season, but McKim is expecting a tough encounter.

He added: “Teams that are in the position they are in always want to fight hard so it won’t be easy.”

Kick-off is at 2pm.