A DAY of reckoning beckons in the Central First Division this weekend with six of the top seven clubs facing each other in crunch clashes.

Early front-runners Benburb host Alan Paterson’s revamped East Kilbride Thistle, while fourth-placed Rossvale welcome second-placed Wishaw.

Meanwhile, Neilston are determined to be Garngad party poopers with boss Martin Campbell urging his players to take the game to St Roch's on Saturday.

He wants them to not only ruin their 100 per cent league record at the James McGrory Stadium but also put a dampener on a pre-match presentation ceremony.

The daughter of James McGrory, Marie, is attending the game with other family members to bequeath to his former Junior club a ceramic plate. Glasgow’s city fathers had presented the plate to the Celtic and Scotland legend in the 1950s to commemorate the acclaim he brought to the city through his goalscoring feats.

Campbell said: “We will show all due respect to St Roch's and the McGrory family but only until the referee’s whistle blows to start the game.

“I tipped Andy Cameron’s side to be one of the promotion favourites after they narrowly came up short last time out so it would be a real feather in our cap to take points from them in their own backyard.

“The pickings will be tough and our cause is not helped by the likelihood of both our recognised centre-backs Paul Young [stomach] and Kieran McDade [foot] sitting the game out through injuries.

“Youngy has an outside chance but the gamble we took in asking Kieran to play through the pain of a stress fracture against Glasgow Perthshire appears to have backfired big time. He only lasted 65 minutes and his recovery has been set back several weeks.

“Without their ball-winning qualities at the back, we really have to look to be more offensive and I fancy we might get some joy as the guys have turned in some decent performances.”

Candy Rock gaffer Cameron has selection woes of his own and fears he will have no more than 14 fit players.

His list of definite non-starters include long-term injured pair T.J. McCluskey and Stevie Logan and suspended midfielder Kieran Daw, but John Carter has declared himself fit after a three-week absence.

Cameron said: “The experienced heads have provided us with a great platform ever since the season got under way and their no-nonsense approach has helped our younger guys to develop without the dent to confidence that is so often sparked by results going against them.

“Ryan Jack has looked a fabulous talent since stepping up from Westpark Under 21s, while Darren Maguire has found his goalscoring touch since joining from Possil YM and has struck up a decent partnership with Darryl Naismith.

“There’s a lot to be happy about and to be sitting with five wins from six starts has put smiles on the faces of our supporters. However, we had six wins from seven last season and still didn’t win promotion.

“Consistency is the key and we need to be continually putting points on the board, particularly at home, so I’ll be disappointed if we slip up against Neilston, even though they are another of the teams to have started well and could emerge as one of the surprise packets.”

Meanwhile, in transfer news, Super First Division high fliers Cambuslang Rangers have swooped to sign former Brechin City midfielder Craig Molloy who had been transfer listed by Hurlford United and ex-Stranraer winger Calvin Kemp has quit Auchinleck Talbot in favour of dropping into the Ayrshire amateur ranks with Dirrans Athletic.