Largs Thistle boss Stuart Davidson has praised the club for securing an impressive sixth spot - and paid tribute to the Scott family following the sudden passing of match secretary Derek midway through the season.

Derek sadly died just a few days before Chriistmas following a heart attack and it was a shock to the whole footballing community - with the club fittingly paying tribute to Derek in the final matchday programme of the season.

Davidson said that the top six finish in the league was something for the club to be proud of - and hopes Saturday's 5-1 performance against Pollok will be the shape of things to come.

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He said: "I am not even thinking about the scoreline after the Pollok game -  the way we played and the style we played in is what pleased me  - and that is the way we intend to go forward next season.

"Losing Derek Scott was sudden and a shock and it has affected everyone at the club and he still has his whole family around the club and doing everything.

"Even in the first game after Derek's passing at Glenafton when we won 1-0 after an own goal - it felt like Derek put that one in the back of the net for us.

"It has been a very tough season and we were determined to finish on a high but we won't ever forget Derek and what he and his family continue to do for this club."

Thistle have since galvanised and moved forward in a strong direction with new committee behind the scenes, business sponsorship, and the bulk of the squad signed for next season.

This all helped contribute towards an impressive finish to the season with victories against big guns Pollok, Auchinleck and Hurlord helping to cement the top six finish.

Davidson said: "I thought we were brilliant in the first half hour and even though Pollok scored first against the run of play we kept focussed and didn't let our heads dropped - that was the performance I was looking or.

"Of course it is a good result as Pollok are a massive club with cracking players but all I was concerned about was putting in a good performance and getting the win - and bringing everything together from the best parts of our season - and even the subs did great.

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"You really can't ask for much more apart from perhaps a clean sheet.

"I thought the players went to another level - you could see the confidence in them."

Connor McGoldrick has played his last game for the club as he looks to set to be returning to America - and has been a pivotal player over recent seasons and leaves with the club's best wishes.

Laurie McMaster was struggling with a back injury and was missing from the Pollok match to let him recover.

Davidson praised the side for their endeavours and said: "Every manager says that they want to finish the season strongly but we really did.

"They set themselves a target of top six a few years ago and they went and did that.

"The players showed great chemistry and we are definitely moving in the right direction.

"It is a testament to the training and fitness that the boys have- you even had Blair Devine sprinting forward,  and then chasing back to win the ball again in the 90th minute -  he was as fresh as he was in the first minute." 

Davidson said that he was delighted that the bulk of the players had been signed for next season with Simon McBryde the latest addition - and can't wait for next season.