DEJECTED Beith boss Johnny Millar said it was a case of two points dropped instead of one gained as their hopes of retaining the Premiership title suffered a major setback.

The Garnock Valley side were held 1-1 by Irvine Meadow in a tense clash at Bellsdale Park.

They looked as if they were still suffering a slight hangover since the testing William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Ayr United a week earlier.

He said: "The first sending off was a bit harsh (Nicky Docherty was red-carded) as he was throwing the ball back to the goalie and the boy put his face in front of it. They did a number on us and the game was slowed down at every opportunity. The referee feel for it.

"We just couldn't get into a rhythm and I don't remember our goalie making a save. But it's two points dropped as you need to win your home games."

Meanwhile, determined Ardrossan Winton Rovers boss Stevie Wilson is refusing to get too downcast despite his team suffering a narrow home weekend defeat.

Rovers went down 2-1 at home to Greenock in what was their fourth loss from 16 league games.

However the manager believes it was just a bad day at the office and the players are intent on putting things right when they play East Kilbride Thistle away on Saturday.

Wilson said: "We had been on a good we run there and I felt we at least deserved a draw on Saturday. But we did well to get an equaliser before they scored a late winner. To be honest we gave away a couple of cheap goals and that was disappointing. We have only lost four league games this season and the good thing is Gartcairn, the leaders also lost so we haven't lost any ground on them.

"Now we go to East Kilbride Thistle on Saturday looking to win."