BELIEF is strong that Ormiston Primrose can avoid a second consecutive relegation.

The county side picked up a deserved 1-0 win over Edinburgh United at the weekend to move to within two points of safety.

Manager Richie Weir believes his side can find a way out of trouble and prevent a drop to the fourth tier of the East of Scotland Football League (EoSFL).

He said: “Looking at the fixtures: we have still got Craigroyston to play twice.

“If we take six points from that, it would be a boost.

“We have got Newburgh Juniors, Lochgelly Albert and Hawick Royal Albert to play away.

“If we can beat the teams around about us, we will be safe.

“We are trying to keep the players going, these are the games we need to win, and if we pick anything up against Dalkeith, St Andrews United and others it is a bonus.

“We drum into the players that we believe with the squad we have got and another couple of additions that we have more than enough to get us out of the situation.

“But, we need to pick up points.

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“Saturday was good to get them happy and motivated and believe it is a possibility that we can do it.”

Sean Ballard’s second-half header was all that separated the two sides over 90 minutes at New Recreation Park on Saturday.

The victory was Ormiston’s first in the league since the second round of fixtures, when they defeated Hawick Royal Albert 4-0.

Weir was delighted with the result, which lifted them above Lochgelly Albert in the EoSFL Second Division table and closed the gap on their opponents and Craigroyston in the battle to beat the drop.

East Lothian Courier: Richie Weir is hopeful his side can avoid relegationRichie Weir is hopeful his side can avoid relegation

The manager said: “It has been a long time coming.

“It was good to send the players home on Saturday with a smile on their faces rather than a defeat.

“It was really good on Saturday and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win as well.

“We rode our luck a few times but overall, from our point of view, we did more than enough to win the game.

“If we came away with a point, it would have been really disappointing.

“We got the goal when we were on top.”

Weir and his team have had a challenging campaign, losing 13 of their 19 fixtures.

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However, the manager and his coaching team have worked hard to ensure heads do not drop.

He said: “It was just a case of telling the players that we believe in them and points will come if we keep doing what we are doing.

“They come in and work hard.

“We have never had a week where they have not put in a shift.”