COWDENBEATH go into their two weeks away from Lowland League action with a morale-boosting win over table-toppers East Kilbride.

The Blues go into the break - through being out of the East of Scotland Challenge Cup and Scottish Cup - in 14th position in the table after their first away league win of the season.

So Cowden can go into the last five games of the second quarter looking to get more results like Saturday’s 1-0 win at Kilby, which could move them into the top half of the table.

Manager Maurice Ross certainly feels his young players are starting to play with confidence, after a difficult start to the season.

The inclusion of experienced players Iain Davidson, Stuart Love, Sean Slaven and Carlos Lyon, has clearly made a difference to the side.

“I felt the lads were unlucky last Tuesday night not to take something from Spartans, and at East Kilbride on Saturday we were really solid,” said Ross.

“Recent performances at Tranent, against East Stirling, Spartans and East Kilbride, have shown that we can compete with anyone in the division and the next stage is to get more consistency into our performances.”

He added: “We were in full control for long stages of the game, creating good moves from the back and I was very proud to see our team putting on such a show against the team that it leading the table.

“Our aim is to put together more performances like that and get a run of wins that can take us on an upward curve and look to build our points total.

“There is no doubt that the influence of Iain Davidson, Stuart Love, Carlos Lyon and Sean Slaven is rubbing off on our young squad and at East Kilbride we defended superbly, played good football, and also created some really good chances.”

Cowden have sent midfielder Harry Osborne out on loan to East of Scotland Premier League side, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, for a month.

Due to injuries his opportunities for the Blues have been limited so Ross hopes the tall link man can get important pitch time with Swifts: “Harry is a really good young player but he needs pitch time to get his match fitness levels up and he will get that at Hillfield Swifts but he will be back with us in November.”

The only downside for the manager is that the next league game is not until a trip to Berwick in three weekend's time: “The fixtures are a little bonkers at times but the players will carry the confidence gained from Saturday’s win into the Berwick match."