With Ashfield up next this weekend for Johnstone Burgh, boss Jamie McKim reckons the north Glasgow outfit could be out for some revenge after his side brought their six-game winning run to an abrupt halt last season.

The Field got off to a flyer last year with 18 points from 18 before McKim's side battled from behind twice against the league leaders at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium to nick a point.

And with Burgh having raced out the traps themselves this season with nine points from nine, the gaffer reckons this weekend's opposition could be giving it that bit more in order to exact some revenge after last year's draw.

“We know what Ashfield are like," McKim told Gazette Sport. "I’ve watched them twice in pre-season so I know their squad well and I know they’ve got a tight pitch. They’re a good side. 

“They started very, very well last season in winning their first six matches before we came along and stopped that run. I imagine they’ll be looking at us with three from three and thinking about stopping that.

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“We know it’ll be tough on Saturday but so will every single game in this league. 

“Confidence is high right now and so is the spirit and competition between the players. It is just one week in, though, so it’s just one game at a time. We’re only looking as far as our next game and right now that’s Ashfield."

Elsewhere, McKim insists Burgh’s performance in their 2-1 win away to Ardeer Thistle on Saturday was meaningless – with three points and maintaining their perfect league start the only thing that mattered.

Burgh started the brighter of the sides but they were somewhat fortunate to take the lead thanks to an own goal from a Thistle defender.

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With Ricky McArthur missing out due to illness, new boy Jason Hardie lead the line well and bagged his fourth of the season before the break to double Johnstone’s advantage.

League Two basement boys Ardeer looked a much-improved outfit in the second period and did cause McKim’s side some trouble as they pulled one back thanks to Matthew Santos.

The hosts were on top as they searched for the leveller but Burgh saw it out to record their third league win on the bounce which takes them joint top of the table.

With Thistle toiling at the foot of the table, there was perhaps an expectation from the Burgh faithful that McKim’s side should have recorded a more emphatic victory, but the gaffer insists maximum points was all he cared about.

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He said: “I’m just happy to ignore the performance and take the three points. My worry was that it was our third game in a week with not a lot of recovery time. With that in mind, the performance didn’t matter to me at all, it was just about the three points. Granted, the performance wasn’t great but I wasn’t that bothered when you consider the amount of football we’ve played.

“Ardeer have also improved from last season and they will cause teams problems at home but I’m only bothered about us and the three points was all that mattered. I know for a fact that we will play better than that over the season but it doesn’t bother me at the moment.

“I know a lot of people will be disappointed we didn’t come away with a more convincing win on Saturday but at the end of the season, no one will remember the performance, just the three points.”

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