IRVINE Meadow are now flying in fourth place in the West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) Premier Division.

The Meadow Park side moved up the league in midweek, when Kevin Deeney made it three wins from three with a 1-0 win at home to Glenafton.

And his side have remained there despite a first loss for the new boss at the weekend - losing 1-0 against relegation-threatened Petershill.

It’s the third time this season that Medda have failed to beat ‘Peasy’ - though Deeney refused to blame the result on the Springburn side being a “bogey team”.

Prior to the weekend, Meadow had drawn their last two matches against Petershill.

He told the Times: “I don’t buy into that stuff. I just think Petershill have had the rub of the green against us.”

“I just think it’s unfortunate that it’s been Petershill the three times – that’s just football sometimes.”

And despite the loss, Deeney won’t be hitting the panic button, as he feels his side weren’t too far off the mark.

He added: “Saturday was weird, I actually don’t think they had more than the one shot at goal, we were suckered by a breakaway.

“But games are so tight and I don’t think we made enough chances to win the game.

“I do think we were the better side but Petershill done to us what we’ve done to a lot of teams, which is once you get in front they say ‘right can you come and beat us’ and we couldn’t.

“We didn’t move the ball quick enough but other than that I’m not going to get too bent out of shape about it.

“Although this is my first manager’s job I’ve been doing it for over 10 years with George and I know it happens, nothing changes, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing – we’re doing enough to not lose games.”

And having lost for the first time in charge at Medda, it gave Deeney a chance to reflect on his time in the hotseat so far.

He has been pleased with performances of late - which have saw his side win three in a row before the weekend - conceding only two goals in his four matches at the helm.

He commented: “The first thing we wanted to do was tighten up and make sure we were hard to beat and we’re doing that.”

Prior to Deeney taking charge, Medda had conceded nine goals in their previous two games.

He continued: “The defence has been pretty rock solid and I’m happy with the team. We’ve not been giving much away, and when you’ve got that you’ve always got a chance in games.”