NEWMAINS UNITED boss Ian Rankin feels the lack of a cutting edge in front of goal put paid to his team’s chances on Saturday.
United lost 3-1 to Rossvale on the 3G surface at Petershill Park despite dominating possession for long spells.
The results saw Rossvale move above Newmains into eighth place in Central League Division Two.
After a goalless opening period, the home side took the lead early in the second half before Gary Murdoch superbly volleyed home an equaliser from 18 yards out.
However, Newmains were caught by two sucker-punch strikes which secured Rossvale all three points.
Rankin said: “I was very disappointed but at the end of the day Rossvale took their chances and we didn’t.
“I thought we played the better football, especially in the second half. But it’s the side which puts the ball in the back of the net which deserves to win.
“There wasn’t much between the teams but we were too eager going forward and got caught out in the second half, which took the wind out of our sails.”
He added: “The guys worked hard. It’s just frustrating to lose to a team who were sitting below us.
“Everyone was disappointed at the end of the game because we were hoping to pick up three points.”
Newmains will hope to bounce back this weekend but they face a Maryhill side who Rankin feels are capable of winning the title this season.
The teams met last month with the Glasgow side securing a comfortable 4-0 victory.
“It’s going to be a tough test,” Rankin admitted.
“Maryhill are a very good side who like to pass the ball about.
“The last time we played them, they were very sharp and their squad is pretty strong.
“From what I have seen of the teams so far, they are the best but hopefully we can improve on our last performance.”
Meanwhile United have secured the services of Dunipace defender James Orr on a loan deal and currently have a striker on trial, who played on Saturday.
Rankin said: “I am delighted to have James on board because he has vast experience and I am sure it will rub off on the younger guys. He should be a great addition.”
Des Bradshaw will miss Saturday’s game as he continues his recovery from a back operation.
l Shotts Bon Accord’s Super League First Division clash with Cumbernauld United on Saturday failed to beat the elements.
This weekend they host Dalry Thistle in round two of the West of Scotland Cup.