Arthurlie brought their four-game losing run to a halt in some style on Saturday with an emphatic 7-2 win over Gartcairn.

Without a league win since the beginning of December, Duncan Sinclair’s side were desperate to get their season back on track as they welcomed the Cairn to Dunterlie.

Ross Urquhart fired the hosts ahead with just four minutes on the clock, before Lee Roulston grabbed his first of the afternoon to double the lead on the half-hour mark.

A lapse in concentration at the back allowed the visitors to pull one back but Roulston was quick to restore Lie’s two-goal lead with his second of the afternoon.

Urquhart popped up with his second of the day moments before the break to send Sinclair’s men in 4-1 up at the interval.

The North Lanarkshire outfit reduced the deficit minutes into the second half after another defensive error but Arthurlie were still firmly in command and added to their tally when former Lie under-21 captain Michael MacNeil netted his first senior goal.

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Lie were unrelenting at the death as they went on to add a further two, with Roulston completing his hat-trick and Dan Kindland rounding off the impressive rout.

“We played really well overall and I think we deserved the big win,” Sinclair told Barrhead Sport. “It’s been a long time coming.

“The second half was more of a battle for us as Gartcairn came out with the sole aim of stopping us playing our game but the boys dug in well and went on to secure an impressive win.

“I’m really pleased for them all, they all deserve it after a tough couple of weeks.

“They’ve never stopped working to make our style work. We don’t want to lump the ball about, we want to get it down and play with it at our feet and that showed on Saturday, with some fantastic play. The boys deserve all the compliments they’ll get for that one.

“They’ve continuously worked hard in training and never let their heads go down throughout the poor run, so all credit to them.

“Apart from a couple of lapses in concentration at the back, we were absolutely brilliant and there were absolutely no negatives. We thoroughly deserved it.”

Sinclair added: “All seven of our goals came from the midfield, which was a nice change. I urged them to get themselves beyond the strikers and into the box and that really worked for us.

“Lee popped up with a timely hat-trick and Ross and Michael also impressed. It doesn’t matter who scores them for us, as long as they’re going in and we’re winning.

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“The forwards, despite not getting on the scoresheet, were magnificent. They worked their socks off all afternoon, which really allowed the midfield to capitalise.”

Next up, Lie are set to welcome third-placed Renfrew this weekend, with Sinclair taking inspiration from their last meeting.

He added: “We’ve had a bit of an up and down season so far but we’re still not far away from the top few teams. We’ve still to play all the teams sitting up there too, so we will have a real chance of making a good go of it.

“Renfrew on Saturday has all the makings of a good game. They’re sitting in third but we won’t fear them at all, we’ll go and have a right good go at them and see what happens.

“We were right in the game in October before we got a man sent off at their place, so I’m looking forward to this one now.”

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