Arthurlie boss Duncan Sinclair was left blasting the Scottish weather at the weekend after his side were denied the chance to bounce back from last week’s Sectional League Cup loss to Renfrew.

Lie fell to a 3-2 loss to Frew at Dunterlie last Monday with a horrendous first 45 display to blame and were set to make the trip to Blantyre on Saturday only for the West Region Championship fixture to fall victim to the heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Speaking after the Renfrew loss, Sinclair told Barrhead Sport that he wanted his side to get that first-half performance out of their system as soon as possible while also building on a much-improved second-half display.

But the gaffer was left disappointed after an early morning pitch inspection at the KG Stadium.

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“That was frustrating at the weekend,” Sinclair said. “After a loss like the Renfrew one last week, you want to get back into the swing of it as soon as possible and get the chance to put that behind you quickly. It’s very disappointing but I stay next to Blantyre’s stadium and the rain was horrendous all of Friday night and into the Saturday morning.”

Sinclair continued: “I also played there twice during my playing career so I know what it’s like when it’s that bad and had an idea that it would be off.

“That doesn’t stop it being disappointing, but we were able to organise a good training session in its place with the boys coming into Dunterlie on Saturday from 12pm til 2pm. We were desperate for a game but at least we were able to bounce back with a good training session.

“We played really well in the second-half of the Renfrew match with chances off the bar and off the line. That was one of the disappointing things in that we couldn’t take that form and try to build on that with a big three points at Blantyre.”

Weather permitting, Lie will welcome Shotts Bon Accord to Dunterlie Park tonight for their first league outing since August 7.

With three wins from four, the Bonny are flying and currently sit joint top of the Championship table alongside Cumbernauld United.

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Sinclair admits it will be a tough outing but is confident his team will be able to bounce from their recent disappointments.

He added: “We’re looking forward to tonight now. That’ll have been more than a week since we last played so we’re raring to go. Shotts are sitting near the top of the table so we know it will be a hard one, just like all the games at this level.

“It’s all about bouncing back from your disappointments. The boys did that in the second-half against Renfrew and hopefully they can do it tonight against Shotts.

“We’ve got one or two wee injury concerns that we’ll be keeping an eye on, but we’re looking at more or less a full strength team against Shotts.”

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