Scorer Chris Johnston insists Annan Athletic are confident they can earn promotion to Scottish League One ahead of their all-important promotion play-off final second-leg tie against Clyde.

It’s Peter Murphy’s Galabankies who hold the upper hand ahead of Saturday’s second leg at the Broadwood Stadium after Johnston scored the only goal in Tuesday’s first-leg encounter.

The 24-year-old struck after striker David Goodwillie had missed a first-half penalty for Clyde who are managed by former Gretna midfielder Danny Lennon.

"It was a good win. Obviously, we didn’t get a great start with the penalty and stuff, but we got a wee bit of luck, which you need in games like that," Johnston said.

"We then got the goal and defended well, as well. But we know it’s only halfway.

"It’s going to be another big game on Saturday, especially with them being at home. We still have a lot to do, it’s not done yet."

Clyde had a golden opportunity to draw first blood when referee Greg Aitken adjudged former Carlisle United centre-back Steve Swinglehurst to have fouled Ally Love.

But former Scotland international Goodwillie missed the target with the spot-kick on the ninth minute as he dragged wide of former Workington Reds keeper Alex Mitchell’s left-hand post.

Asked if that had been a turning point in the first leg, former Kilmarnock man Johnston said: “I think it did give us a wee lift. I think, if they score that, they are confident in the way they pass it about.

“It gave us a wee kick up the backside because we didn’t start well. To be fair, the whole game we didn’t really get going. But the main thing in games like this is the result."

Johnston also predicted the early stages of this weekend’s second-leg match “will be big” in the context of the tie.

He said: “We expect it on Saturday [Lennon’s team to try to start quickly] and we know we need to start the game better than we did, because, for the first 15-20 minutes, we didn’t get going.

“So, we know the first 15-20 minutes on Saturday is going to be big.”

But with Athletic now having won six successive matches, Johnston says confidence is high with manager Murphy also having signed a new two-year contract this week.

Johnston said: “It’s been good, we have been strong at home and we have a good bunch. We have a good team spirit and you can see that, we are all fighting for each other. We are all putting our bodies on the line, which is great.

"We are confident going into Saturday that we can go and get it done.”

Clyde keeper Blair Currie is a former Annan player.