Irvine Meadow co-manager Colin Spence bemoaned his side’s poor start to the match as they lost 2-1 to Auchinleck Talbot at the weekend.

Meadow went into the West of Scotland Football League Premier Division match keen to build off their midweek victory over Benburb.

Mick Wardrope’s second half header was the difference between the two teams at Meadow Park as Medda got back to winning ways.

But despite their improved display in midweek they were quickly undone on Saturday against Talbot.

The Bot took the lead inside five minutes when Bryan Boylan burst through on the breakaway and slotted into the bottom right hand corner.

Not long after the hosts had their second at Beechwood Park.

From an Auchinleck Talbot corner Meadow goalkeeper Marc Waters produced a fine save to claw a goalbound effort off the line.

The Bot protested it had crossed but the referee was not interested as play continued on following a Medda clearance.

The ball was then whipped back into the box and fell to Graham Wilson who hit in on the half volley.

Auchinleck Talbot took their two goal advantage with them into the break, leaving the away side with it all to do in the second period.

In the second half, they were given some late hope when Wardrope curled in a fantastic effort from the edge of the box into the top right hand corner.

However, it was too little to late as the hosts held resolute to claim all three points.

Speaking to the Times, Spence said:”We did not start the game very well and gave away two very avoidable goals.

“So, after 20 minutes we have got an absolute mountain to climb.

“We did settle down to be fair after the second goal but you cannot really give Auchinleck Talbot a two goal start.

“It leaves you having to claw the game back from there and take chances.

“But we did challenge the players at half time to go and try win the second half.

“To be fair to them they managed to do that but we still fell short and came away with zero points.”