ONLY goal difference saw Saltcoats edge Newmains in ending last season outside the bottom two.
They start this campaign by going head-to-head at Victoria Park today.
The Ayrshire side last visited in January and left with a 3-0 win.
That evened the scores after United had triumphed 2-1 at Campbell Park earlier in the season.
Saltcoats are without a victory since February, when they beat Johnstone Burgh 3-1 away from home.
The League Cup Sections weren’t kind to either side as both failed to progress. Vics lost two games outright and were edged out in another on penalties.
Newmains lost all three games against sides from a league higher than them.
Full-back Allan Halliday joined United from Vics in the summer and could face his former side this afternoon.
Newmains United 5/4
Saltcoats Victoria 5/4