ARTHURLIE remain in the Super League Premier Division relegation zone after a 4-1 thumping.

They lost out at the hands of Scottish Cup finalists Beith on Monday night.

Stevie Kerrigan’s side had bounced back after their 3-2 defeat to Petershill last Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Troon on Saturday, but they couldn’t carry that form into this clash as they put on a lacklustre performance.

Just after the quarter-hour Beith took a deserved lead, a free-kick on halfway was sent into the Arthurlie area by Docherty andstanding in acres of space was Sheridan took full advantage of some poor marking to head home the opener.

That set the tone for the game and Beith started to dominate and it was no surprise when they doubled their lead on 20 minutes when Collins put the finishing touch to a good passing move.

Two minutes later Arthurlie were handed a lifeline, Chris Mackie burst into the home penalty area and he cut across MacDonald looking for a challenge that duly came and a penalty was awarded. Mackie took the kick himself and netted his fourth goal in four starts since his arrival from Bo’ness.

Into the second half and Frize sped into the Arthurlie penalty areaScott Gair pulled out of a tackle but and was brought down by Gribben for a penalty. stuck his foot out and caught the Beith midfielder who went down, again a soft award but also a correct decision by the refereeMcLean converted to make it 3-1. duly dispatched the kick to give the home side a two goal advantage.

With 10 minutes remaining poor defending by the Barrhead side allowed ex-Arthurlie man Ryan to skip into the penalty area before crashing an unstoppable shot past White from a tight angle. and with it end the scoring on what was a disappointing night for the Dunterlie Park side.

Barrhead News man of the match: Michael White

Arthurlie: White, McGlinchey, Blakey, Rushford, Gair, Devlin, Gribben, McTernan, Mackie, McGregor, Carroll.