Peter Weatherson reckons it’s only a matter of time before Shettleston find their shooting boots and make someone pay the price.

The feted ex-Senior striker and his co-player manager Ryan McStay cut frustrated figures after their revamped Town side fired blanks for the first time this season when coming up short against Rob Roy in the recent Exsel Group Sectional League Cup Final.

Losing out 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 regulation time stalemate brought a shared belief from the duo that the Somervell Park showdown had been there for the winning if Shettleston had only put away their chances and has led to extra shooting practice for their Town playing charges ever since.

Now top scorer Weatherson is hoping the training ground drills can pay dividends when another of the Super Premier Division big guns - Hurlford United - come through to Greenfield Park for what has the makings of an entertaining New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup first round tie tomorrow.

The co-boss recalled: "We didn’t play anywhere near our best in the Rob Roy game yet it’s probably true to say we passed up the clearest cut goalscoring opportunities over the 90 minutes.

“And things were hardly better when we bounced back with a 1-0 win over Renfrew in our very next game when I have to hold up my hand for missing a hatful of chances but thankfully Ross Dickson bailed us out with a strong header from a set piece.

“Regardless of the opposition, scoring two goals in our last three outings is just not good enough and we need to be finding the net more regularly which is why we have crammed in the extra shooting practice.

“And with a good week behind us, Ryan and I feel some team is going to concede a few when and if the guys catch fire.”

The former Morton and Annan Athletic hitman is delighted to report a clean bill of health on the playing front , inclusive of ex-Hearts and Airdrie left sided midfielder Jordan Morton whose trained alongside his team mates this week .

Weatherson said: "Jordan is back running after a long spell out with troublesome injuries and it’s probably right to leave him out of our thoughts for facing Hurlford until he works on his overall fitness and match sharpness.

“To throw him in against a side of their undoubted qualities when not fully attuned would be unfair on the lad and more so given they will be coming here with a point to prove after some disappointing results by their own high standards.

“They are reputed to be very strong defensively yet have conceded four goals in each of their last two games which is a bit ironic given our own scoring drought so something clearly has to give.”

“Ryan and I remember Darren Henderson as a highly competitive type in his playing days and we are also aware he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge as a Junior manager that has allowed him to attract a number of top players from the Senior ranks.

“The likes of Craig Molloy John Gemmell and Stewart Kean are well known names and we know what to expect of them which has helped to some extent with our planning for tomorrow’s game.

“That said, going up against them represents yet another huge test but it’s one we can pass with flying colours if players can take confidence from how we matched up with the Super Premier Division leaders Rob Roy and give it our best shot.

“Sticking away our chances is the key so here’s hoping…”

Meanwhile, on the transfer front comes word of newly crowned Ardagh Glass Cup winners Kilbirnie Ladeside revealing a willingness to listen to offers for former Junior Scotland full back Chris Malone whose disenchantment at being left on the substitutes bench for the Ardagh Glass Cup victory over Auchinleck last weekend led to him posting a transfer request in the immediate aftermath .

Interested parties are asked to contact Kilbirnie match secretary Gordon Ronney (07889403298) who has revealed former player Michael Moore will be taking up a coaching position at Valefield following last week’s departure of seasoned Junior campaigner Mark “Branco “ Cameron.

An understandably buoyed Blasties are overwhelming favourites to get the better of New Coin Holdings visitors Forth Wanderer whose travelling party includes latest signing - ex-Pollok midfielder Kevin Bradley.

PLAYING TOMORROW: (Kick-offs 2pm): New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup. First Round: Bellshill Athletic v Petershill, Johnstone Burgh v Royal Albert, Rob Roy v East Kilbride Thistle, Thorniewood Utd v Yoker Athletic, Vale of Clyde v Darvel, Rutherglen Glencairn v Irvine Meadow, Kilwinning Rangers v Arthurlie, Largs Thistle v Wishaw, Maybole v Girvan, Dunipace v Lanark Utd, Vale of Leven v Annbank Utd,Whitletts Vics v St Anthony's, St Roch's v Muirkirk, Cumnock v Clydebank, Newmains Utd v Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Saltcoats Vics v Shotts Bon Accord, Greenock v Troon, Lugar Boswell v Maryhill, Port Glasgow v Neilston, Kilbirnie Ladeside v Forth Wanderers, Irvine Vics v Rossvale, Benburb v Glasgow Perthshire, Gartcairn v Cumbernauld Utd, Glenafton v Carluke Rovers, Dalry Thistle v Pollok, Kello Rovers v Blantyre Vics, Cambuslang Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot, Beith v Ardeer Thistle, Kilsyth Rangers v Renfrew, Lesmahagow v Craigmark, Ashfield v Larkhall Thistle Shettleston v Hurlford Utd.