Banchory St Ternan manager Tom McPherson has said he was frustrated at the way his side lost at Maud last weekend.
Saints defeated Superleague champions Sunnybank 5-1 last Tuesday but were unable to build on that as they lost 2-1 at Maud courtesy of a last minute goal.
The Saints manager has been left frustrated at the inconsistency of performances since he took over in March.
McPherson said: “We were very disappointing on Saturday. We had plenty of chances that we just didn’t take and our defending for the goals was poor.
“At times our defending was sucicidal and it’s those errors that are the difference between succes and failure at the end of the season.
“However, I also felt the referee and his assistants had a shocker. The decisions never went our way and the goal at the end was clearly offside. We should have also been given a penalty.
“We still had the chances but if you don’t take them you are always going to get punished, and that is what has been happening to us.”
McPherson felt his players were not up for the game on Saturday but also thinks belief is a major issue.
He said: “In the warm up I could sense the boys didn’t seem up for it. I don’t know why.
“I said to the boys that if they just had a bit of belief in themselves then they could have made a push for the league.”
The defeat all but ended Saints’ title hopes but still have an opportunity of lifting silverware in the form of the McLeman Cup.
St Ternan face Dyce Juniors at Milton Park on Saturday in the 2nd Round of the trophy and McPherson believes his side have a decent chance of going on to win it.
He said: “If we play the way I know we can then we have every chance of going on to lift the cup.
“Dyce are a good side and they will make it tough for us, but we can beat anyone on our day.”