JAMIE McKim watched Burgh get back to winning ways with a dominant second half display against Muirkirk on Saturday and immediately challenged his side to go on a winning run.

Burgh’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end last week with a 2-0 loss away to Saltcoats but McKim’s men bounced back at the first time of asking with a 2-0 win against Muirkirk.

The Keanie Park side have had a mixed bag in terms of results so far this season with three wins, three draws and one loss from their opening seven games and the gaffer has now demanded more consistency from his players.

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He said: “It’s good to get back to winning ways and put that blip against Saltcoats behind us. 

“Muirkirk got the better of us in the first half but they never really troubled us. They were the better side but we were comfortable. In saying that, we still looked dangerous in the first half and then there was only ever one team in the second half. There was only one team looking like scoring and only one team going to win. And we did.

“I’m now looking for us to settle, get some consistency and pick up three points on a weekly basis. 

“Every game in this league is winnable, we just need to make sure we go out there with the right attitude and desire.” 

The Kirk got off to a better start with McKim’s side relying on keeper Gavin Wallace pulling off a world class save to deny them.

The pressure continued but Burgh’s defence, marshalled by man of the match Niall Herron and Ross Geddes, looked comfortable as they held firm.

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Burgh players celebrate in a win earlier this season 

Ryan Officer almost broke the deadlock for the home side with a powerful header, but the Kirk keeper did just enough to turn it away.

McKim’s side got off on the front foot after the break and found the breakthrough 20 minutes in after some inventive play from Sam Esplin.

Esplin’s clever backheel released sub Mitchell MacDonald whose floated effort found the top corner.

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Burgh continued to push forward as they upped the tempo with Dylan Blair, assisted by new signing Chris Agnew, grabbing the second goal to see off Muirkirk. 

Next up for Johnstone is a trip to 10th placed Annbank.