Neilston co-manager Derek Carson admits there are no positives to take from Saturday’s defeat to bottom side Larkhall Thistle.

The Farmer’s Boys headed into the game full of confidence after their 5-0 victory over Irvine Victoria the previous week.

However, they fell to a shock 3-2 defeat against the only team in the division that had yet to record a win.

Carson admits that his players let themselves down – and only have themselves to blame.

He said: “There’s absolutely no positives to take from the game. Larkhall deserved the victory and could have scored a few more goals.”

Larkhall were the better side in the first half and, had it not be for the heroics of Neilston goalkeeper Nathan Brown, they could have been a few goals to the good at the interval.

They eventually took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Bartosz Mackiewicz.

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The hosts came out strongly in the second half and Paul Stewart found an equaliser in the opening minutes.

But bottom-of-the-league Larkhall didn’t fold and regained the lead six minutes later through Ben Fraser. 

Neilston kept pushing forward after going behind again but were dealt with a sucker punch when Mackiewicz headed home his second. 

Dylan Fletcher netted from a corner with 12 minutes to go but Neilston couldn’t find the equaliser, much to Carson’s frustration. 

He continued: “We spoke to the boys all through the week about the game and it not having anything to do with ability and it was all down to attitude.

“And the boys went out on Saturday and didn’t apply themselves. 

“They let themselves down big time. It was poor from start to finish.

“It’s nothing to do with the ability of the players because they’re all good players. 

“It’s just getting into a winning mindset.”