RENFREW co-manager Martin Ferry believes the scoreline in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Petershill was harsh on his players.

Frew are still without a win in four Super League First Division games. However Ferry insists his team competed well against one of the promotion favourites after losing two early goals.

He said: “It’s pretty gruelling. If you lose two early goals like that then you’re up against it.

“They’ll be one of the ones up there as promotion favourites with the finances they’ve got as well.

“We had a few missing as well but that’s immaterial, you’ve got to go with what you’ve got and hope they do something. But to be honest, apart from the two goals they played pretty well, like our other games.

“Other than Glencairn we’ve competed pretty well which from my point of view is a positive.”

“The two goals were avoidable, just a lack of concentration.”

The New Western Park side travel to Saltcoats Victoria in the first round of the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday.

Ferry is hoping the tie will give his team a chance to restore a bit of confidence in a match they will be favourites to win.

He said: “It’s a real old school park, we need to give them a bit of respect but we’ll be looking to be doing a job on them to be honest, we’ll be favourites going down there.

“Hopefully the cup will restore the confidence a bit. We just have to keep trying and competing and we’ll get points.

“This league is unforgiving. We’re in with the big boys again and although we’ve got a decent infrastructure there’s other things that dictate how well you’re going to do.”