East Kilbride boss Stevie Aitken insists no team will go through the season without dropping points after his side slipped up at East Stirlingshire last night.

Kilby failed to break down their opponents at the Falkirk Stadium as the clash ended in a goalless stalemate.

They remain joint-top of the Lowland League with Bo'ness United and BSC Glasgow on 13 points, although defending champions Kelty Hearts are just a point behind with a game in hand and an unblemished record so far.

But after snatching a win on Saturday away to Berwick, Aitken admits four points from the two clashes was all his side deserved as he predicts rivals will cut each others' throats throughout the campaign.

He said: "We are disappointed because we should have won the game.

"We created the best chance after a couple of minutes and probably should have scored.

"That would have changed the face of the game.

East Kilbride have started the season strongly

"Berwick was a tough one and we probably didn't deserve to win but we got there, while the East Stirling game I felt we probably should have edged it, so four points is all we deserved this week.

"We are five games in to this campaign and I've looked at the results and I'd say nobody is going to go the whole campaign without dropping points.

"Nobody is going to win every game.

"I think the league is as strong as it's been and there are a lot of tricky games out there and a lot of good players.

"It was a makeshift defence again as well and when you do that you are always vulnerable, so the clean sheet was pleasing.

"If somebody said to me after five games we'd be where we are with 13 points I'd probably say that was acceptable, even although I think we could have done a wee bit more."

The best chance of the game arrived after eight minutes when Daryl Healy cut the ball back to Kyle Wilkie and, just as he looked certain to tap the ball home, a Shire defender somehow did enough to clear the ball off the line with a sliding block.

Shire themselves had an effort cleared off the line in 65 minutes when Craig Henderson was denied and although Kilby pushed for a winner they couldn't find a way through.

Steven Bell will be back for EK on Saturday

Aitken's men now host Spartans on Saturday, who went down 3-1 away to Gala Fairydean Rovers on Tuesday night.

And he hopes to have a key player back at the heart of his defence.

"We are disappointed but we will be back on the horse on Saturday with Steven Bell back," said Aitken.

"Steven Old is still a wee bit away from being fit though, so we need to re-jig it again.

"But we're at home and if we can take three points from that it might not be a bad week come the end of the season.

"Spartans will be looking to bounce back from their result as well and there's no easy games in this league."

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