Neilston manager Andy Whiteford believes the last three games have summed up his team's season as their relegation from the First Division of the West of Scotland Football League was confirmed.

The Farmer’s Boys were narrowly defeated three times in the last seven days, with the results against promotion-chasing Ashfield, Johnstone Burgh and Drumchapel United sealing their fate.

The Brig O’Lea side lost 2-1 at home to Ashfield on April 20 before surrendering leads to Burgh, who ran out 4-2 winners last Wednesday night, and Drumchapel, who triumphed 2-1 on Saturday.

Neilston missed several chances in all three games and have managed just 30 league goals so far this season.

Despite relegation, Whiteford insists his troops have impressed him in recent weeks, with only fine margins at either end going against them.

He told Barrhead Sport: “When I look back at all the games over the last two months, I don’t look at many and think that we deserved to get beat.

“It comes down to missed chances and we were guilty of that again on Saturday.

“We could have been 3-0 up at the break but only had the one goal and, when you’ve had those chances, you’re always fearful it might come back to bite you – and that’s exactly what happened.

“We lost a soft penalty and then a goal from a set piece which was really avoidable and you need to do better with.

“The last week has summed up our season in that we’ve been in games against good sides who are going for promotion but we haven’t been taking our chances.”

The rebuild for Neilston will begin in the coming weeks but not before they round off their league season with fixtures against Kilwinning Rangers and Thorniewood.

Whiteford's team travel to Buffs Park this Saturday before hosting Thorniewood the following weekend, with both fixtures starting at 2pm.