Banchory St Ternan manager Tom McPherson was left bitterly disappointed after watching his side crash 5-0 to Culter at Crombie Park.
It was McPherson’s first defeat as Saints manager and he was critical of his side’s defensive performance.
He said: “We were defensively terrible. I’m bitterly disappointed with how we performed against Culter.
“The defence were brilliant on Saturday but I felt the players looked tired after that win against Hermes, which in all fairness was a tough game.
“The injuries to Allan Ogston and Michael Skene were also a blow but I don’t feel the team is experienced enough.”
The former Sunnybank boss had no complaints about Josh Robertson’s 30th minute sending off which saw the Saints playing with ten men for the third game in succession.
McPherson added: “It was the right decision but I felt the referee made some poor decisions throughout the match, including the free kick which led to the opening goal.
St Ternan still have eleven league games to play and are also in the McLeman Cup so McPherson is hoping his players can bounce back with a win at home to Fraserburgh United on Saturday (April 16).
He said: “This has been a bit of a setback but myself and the rest of the staff will be doing our best to get the players’ heads up at training.
“Culter deserve the credit after that win and I personally feel they will go on and win the Superleague this season.
“I feel we will finish in the top six at worst this season, and then next year we can push on and aim to win the league with some changes.