CRAIGMARK Burntonians manager Ian Nixon has left the club.

The Station Park boss made the decision to depart shortly after his side lost 7-0 away to Vale of Clyde on Saturday, April 6.

The result was the fifth straight match where the Dalmellington side have fallen to defeat, conceding 20 goals and scoring only once.

Craigmark confirmed Nixon's departure in the hours following Saturday's game.

In a statement posted on the club's social media channels a spokesperson said: "Shortly after today’s full time result manager Ian Nixon offered his resignation to the committee which we have accepted.

"We would like to put on record our sincerest thanks and gratitude to Ian during his time at the club.

"Ian’s commitment to the club over the last six months has helped us through a good run of form and get to the quarter finals of the West of Scotland League Cup.

"We would like our fantastic support to extend the same thanks and gratitude towards Ian as he departs our great club."

The club were keen to highlight the positive impact Ian had during his spell in charge following his appointment in October after Ryan Caddis left to take over as manager of Whitletts Vics.

Nixon oversaw an early upturn in form and also guided them to the quarter-finals of the West of Scotland Cup in a run which included home victories over Premier Division Irvine Meadow and last season's Junior Cup finalists Rutherglen Glencairn.

But in more recent weeks, the Station Park side have slipped back down the standings and they now lie only three points above the relegation places.

Craigmark say they are yet to make further decision on finding a replacement for Nixon.

A spokesperson said: "Once the committee have discussed things further we will make further comment on the matter.

"We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time."