GLENAFTON lost 2-1 at home to Troon in a match where they had much possession but were lacking a cutting edge.

On many occasions the final ball ended a good flowing move leaving manager Craig McEwan increasingly frustrated as the clock ticked down.

Speaking to the Chronicle after the final whistle, he said: “We were nowhere near good enough. Troon fully deserved their win and, if I am being honest, it could have been more.

“I told the players that the standards we have set here were missing today. For some reason we looked leggy and lethargic and it should not have taken us scoring a goal to get us fired up.”

A goal with less than 20 minutes remaining offered a glimmer of hope but, even then, the gaffer reckoned his team ‘huffed and puffed’.

“We can blame referees, linesman. Blame anyone we want but we were just not good enough and individually and collectively we need to look at that.

“It is going to be a season of ups and downs and, it a team wins a series of games like Hurlford are doing just now then they will deserve to win the league.

“The true judge of our character is how we react after a result like today and we will react. We will get a result next week.

“After a result like today’s we are hurting and come training, we will be ready to go again. There is no substitute for hard work and we just need to keep going,” he added.

On Saturday, Glens travel to Cambuslang Rangers who had a good result last weekend when they defeated Kilbirnie away from home, also by 2-1.

They currently sit mid-table with two wins, a draw and two defeats from their opening five matches in the Premiership.

Their squad includes defender Jamie Hay, who left Glens two years ago for Cambuslang and frontman Callum McRobbie, ex-Cumnock.