Arthurlie gaffer George Fotheringham blasted the sloppy defensive errors that saw his debut in the Dunterlie dugout end in defeat against Whitletts Victoria.

With a run of matches on the road and inclement weather causing postponements, Saturday’s match against the Ayrshire outfit was Fotheringham’s first home fixture since taking the reins of the Barrhead club almost two months ago.

On their travels last weekend, Lie picked up an impressive 2-0 win over Petershill.

But there was no repeat of that form at Dunterlie on Saturday as Vics hit Fotheringham’s side on the counter early on, with Jordan Boyd slotting the ball under Craig Gordon.

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Tam McGaughey levelled proceedings shortly after the interval with a simple finish but the visitors quickly hit back to restore their advantage before adding a third with 10 minutes remaining.

McGaughey pulled one back late on with his second of the afternoon but it was too little, too late as Fotheringam’s side slumped to a 3-2 loss.

“That was a disappointing one,” Fotheringham told Barrhead Sport. “We should have been able to go into that and build on the Petershill win from last wee, but individual mistakes cost us in the end. That has been the story of Arthurlie’s season, to be honest.

“It’s frustrating when you know you’re a better footballing side and deserve something from the game but silly individual errors cost you.

The new Lie gaffer wasn’t happy with his team’s sloppy playThe Ayrshire side condemned Fotheringham to a defeat on his Dunterlie debut

“You can train well all week but you just can’t account for those kind of crazy, sloppy mistakes during the 90 minutes. We train well all week and looked sharp heading into it. 

“We dominated that match and, barring the two mistakes, would have gone on to win quite comfortably.”

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Back on the road this weekend, Lie take on Dalry Thistle in what will be the first of five away games on the spin.

Fotheringham added: “I don’t know too much about Dalry for this weekend. I’m expecting them to set up similarly to Whitletts. I’ve heard their park isn’t up to much, so it is shaping up to be a real battle.

“We’re now away from home for a good few weeks, so we need to prepare as best as we can and hopefully pick up a win against Dalry at the start of what will be a difficult run.”

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