A DOMINANT first half performance couldn’t stop Rob Roy from slumping to their second league defeat in a row – as gaffer Jimmy Lindsay looks ahead to 14 days that will define his team’s season.
Rabs looked to be in the driving seat against Beith on Saturday, creating countless chances and heading into half-time 2-1 up.
But a poor second half showing saw their league rivals first equalise, then hit a heart-breaking injury-time strike to run out 3-2 winners.
It was the worst possible start to a gruelling two-week period which will see Rabs play a marathon six games in three competitions.
Lindsay said: “We were excellent in the first half and created about 10 great chances, but unfortunately they got a goal against the run of play.
“We came out in the second half and just never got in to it – it’s like we were a completely different team.
“It’s one of these things that we seem to be letting in a few injury time goals this season and it’s costing us.”
The Kirkintilloch team will have little time to lick their wounds – with a Central League Cup third round home tie against Pollok on Wednesday.
It’s back to league action against Irvine Meadow on Saturday, then they’ll travel to Blantyre Vics two days later for a Monday evening West of Scotland third round tie.
Two league games against Shotts Bon Accord and Auchinleck Talbot on Wednesday, May 1, and Saturday, May 4, complete the two weeks of destiny.
Lindsay said: “Six games in 14 days is obviously going to take its toll on the players, but they are physically fit and up for the challenge. We’ll just have to see how they cope with it mentally.
“First up is the Pollok game, which is a big match for us as we really want to stay in the cup.
“When it comes to the league we have several hard games left and we will just be looking to take as many points as we can out of them.
“If we could finish third or fourth it would be a good season for us and would show real progression.”
Rob Roy take on Pollok in the Central League Cup on Wednesday at Adamslie Park. Kick-off is at 6.45pm.
They then play Irvine Meadow on Saturday at Adamslie Park. Kick-off is 2pm.
Monday’s game against Blantyre Vics in the West of Scotland Cup, at Castle Park, kicks-off at 7pm.
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