By KEVIN CRAIGENS
NEWMAINS UNITED avoided finishing bottom of League Two for just the second time in seven years.
But goalie coach Mark Bisset reckons the final defeat of the season was hard to handle.
Bisset took charge of the side in the absence of co-bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell but he couldn’t stop them falling to their fourth defeat on the bounce.
It left United second-bottom, level on 18 points with third-bottom Saltcoats Victoria.
After a season to remember on and off the park for the rejuvenated club, Bisset insists the players have let themselves down in the closing weeks.
He said: “Once we lost the first three goals our heads went down but once the fifth went in I felt the boys just rolled over. The thing that hurt me is there was no fight after the fifth goal.
“You could say it wasn’t to be our day but I think the players have got to take a bit of ownership for that performance. You can prepare a team all you want but if the players don’t have the heart and desire you’re up against it right away.”
Conceding early goals has been United’s problem in recent weeks. After a promising start on Saturday they were at it again as they fell behind after just nine minutes and found themselves 3-0 down at the break.
By the end Gary Stewart had scored a hat-trick, Steven Seaton hit a double, Darren Burns netted and United also put through their own goal to rub salt in the wounds.
Bisset said: “I thought Thorniewood were very well organised but to be honest it wouldn’t have been hard for them to look that way.
“I had been talking to Paul and Guppy during the week and we knew the way we were going to set up. The boys were good, the team had been set up and ready to go. At the end of the day it just didn’t go our way.
“It’s hard to take a positive from the game. I thought Adam Robertson had a bright start and when we put Mikey Barton out on the right hand side I thought we were going to get something there as well.
“Chances were few and far between. There wasn’t that man up top who could create that bit extra for us.”
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