Largs Thistle boss Stuart Davidson says his players are all fired up for the rest of the season after walking over hot coals for a club fundraiser at the weekend.

Thistle, sitting in eleventh spot in the West of Scotland Premier Division, took part in a firewalk at Barrfields on Saturday.

This weekend's opponents, Glenafton, sitting in 14th spot, were turned over 5-2 by Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood Park on Saturday, while Largs, who were without a fixture, continue to sit in 11th spot with 19 points. 

A gap is now emerging in the table with tenth placed Hurlford United now six points ahead of Thistle, so Largs will be looking to get all three points at Loch Park this weekend to make ground.

The good news for Largs is that all their injuries have cleared up, and ex-Rangers and Hibs forward Darryl Duffy is back in the squad following suspension.

Davidson said: "I am expecting a tough game - things have picked up for Glenafton since Ryan Caddis took charge.

"However, we just need to concentrate on ourselves as our performances have not been far away, and we just need to keep working hard and improve upon our displays, and I am sure the results will come.

"We have had a couple of knocks but I am sure we will have everyone back for Saturday.

"The benefits of having a full pool is there for all to see, especially in the Arthurlie game when we reduced to ten men, but we were still able to bring on a forward in Scott Adam to help us win the game 2-1."

"The 0-0 against Benburb was a stuffy game which is what we expected. I felt we edged it in terms of being the better side and we came close to winning the game with the missed penalty but these things happen and we still had chances to win the game."

And Davidson felt aggrieved that Thistle did not win the game after a goal was chopped off for offside in the first half at Benburb which the gaffer felt should have stood.

He said: "We have watched the video footage back and it is clear to me that Cory Hughes, who set up the move, was in an onside position, and not offside as the assistant referee said, so I feel we missed out there."

Davidson is hoping for a strong finish to the league season with just nearly half of the campaign still to play with 14 games still to play.

He said: "We are creating and making chances and we need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

"Our displays have been good and we have been creating chances and with guys like Will Sewell, Darryl Duffy, Jamie Martin, David Ramsay and Scott Adam upfront, we have plenty of options."

And keeping clean sheets is also important as Largs look to defend strongly, something that has been a hallmark in recent seasons, with Cory Hughes featuring in the West of Scotland Premier Division XI at the end of last season.

"That was one of the things that particularly pleased me against Benburb, who are riding high in the league, that we managed to keep a clean sheet.

"The whole team worked hard and defended well and we know Glens is a tough place to go but we want to build on that clean sheet at Benburb and take our chances."

The Thistle boss also praised the fans for their continuing encouragement to the players home and away this season.

Davidson said: "They keep everyone's spirits high and have been fantastic cheering us on during our away trips this season."

Davidson said that the hard work needs to continue week in, week out, and says while Largs have had strong finishes to the season in recent years, it is not a given, and all efforts must go towards pulling off more big results.

He said: "We can't just expect these things to happen, we have to make it happen, and it is all down to hard work."

And the Largs boss praised the club for putting on the Firewalk fundraiser at Barrfields Park this season, and said: "It was a great fundraiser and a good challenge for us as it was all about achieving our goals and was motivational."