A slow start cost Cumbernauld Colts as they went down 2-0 to reigning GeoSonic Lowland League champions Spartans at Broadwood on Friday.
Colts went into the match full of confidence after a decent start to the season. But it took them a while to get into the game, which proved fatal to their aspirations.
Spartans took the game to the Colts from the first whistle and, after a period of sustained pressure, were in front after eight minutes, Jack Smith slotting home after latching onto a Jamie Dishington cutback.
The visitors continued to press but Colts held strong, with a few attempts of their own fashioned by Craig Holmes who was proving to be a handful for the visitors.
But just as they were settling into the game, Colts found themselves two down on the half hour.
Richard Kirwan was adjudged to have handled a Smith shot inside his own penalty area and David Greenhill duly dispatched the spot kick into the roof of the net.
Seeing the chance to put the tie to bed Spartans maintained the pressure and but for Jordan Pettigrew in the Colts goal, getting down low to save to his left, would have added to their lead.
The second half saw the Cumbernauld side play with more determination and desire and Sean Brown rose to meet a Holmes cross at the near post, but his effort sailed just wide.
However visiting keeper Blair Carswell wasn’t called into action to any great degree.
It was a disappointing night for Colts, but with the consolation that there will not be many teams of the calibre of Spartans at Broadwood this season.
Colts will look to bounce back quickly when they travel to Annan tonight (Wednesday) to take on Edusport Academy.
However Saturday’s home game with Selkirk is off due to the Borders club’s financial problems.