FRUSTRATED Ardrossan Winton Rovers boss Chris Strain Snr has hit out at key refereeing decisions which cost his side as they lost 2-1 away to Shotts Bon Accord.

However Strain was encouraged with his side's overall performance and is now targeting survival in the Super First Division.

The defeat was Winton's seventh defeat n 12 games and leaves them in third bottom spot.

Strain told Sportscene: "We had two clear penalties denied when it was 1-1 when Ryan Caddis was pulled down inside the box and then John Bradford was clearly pulled back inside the box. Had we been awarded the penalties I think we could have gone on to win the match, but sometimes things just don't go for you, We have had quite a few injury problems - Graham Boyd, MIchael Wardrope and Bobby Colligan are all struggling and that makes it difficult as we have a small squad."

However Strain his hopeful his team's fortunes can improve and said: "The aim is to make sure we stay up, we must picking up wins and will look to take three points at home to Cumbernauld United on Saturday."

Meanwhile Ardeer Thistle assistant boss Mark McCann was disappointed with his team's display as they went down 3-0 at home to Craigmark Burntonians.

He said: "I was disappointed at our second half performance. We let ourselves down by not working hard enough and allowed Craigmark to get into the game. League tables don't lie and we need to improve on our performance. We are at home to Saltcoats Vics on Saturday and they will be well prepared so we need to be focused and concentrate on delivering our game plan to get the result we want."