RENFREW co-manager Colin Clark says his players need to soldier on after being comfortably beaten 3-0 by Troon at New Western Park on Saturday. 

Christian Nade, Jamie Martin and Ross McCrea scored for the visitors as they picked up just their second win of the season. 

Clark also admits his side got what they deserved from the game. 

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He said: “We were very poor on Saturday and didn’t deserve anything from the game. Everybody who played would probably admit that they could have given a wee bit more. 

“It was the same type of soft goals and mistakes leading to goals that we’ve been doing all season. Troon deserved the win and the early goal lifted their tails and spirits and had the opposite effect on us. 

“We played okay in the first half and created a few wee things and, in the second half, we started brightly. 

“The second goal knocked the stuffing out of us. We got what we deserved, which was nothing. We’ve got to solider on and show a bit of confidence, character and belief. 

“I know it’s difficult because football is a confidence game and, right now, we lack any of it.”

Giving up goals has been The Frew’s problem all season with 29 conceded in 9 games, and Clark has been left frustrated at the goals they are letting in. 

He hopes that his side can go back to basics after conceding another 3 on Saturday. 

He said: “When it comes to being resilient in defending we just can’t do it at the minute. 

“We’re working on it during the week and looking fine, then Saturday comes, and we forget it all. 

“There’s nothing great about the goals we’re conceding it’s just the basics like not picking up men and tracking runners.” 

Attention for Renfrew can turn to Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie with Kirkcaldy YMCA at Denfield Park. 

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This weekend's opponents play in the East Region Premier League South and currently lie in fourth place after seven games, with 10 points on the table. 

Like Renfrew, they will be looking to bounce back from defeat in their previous game after Bathgate Thistle ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday. 

They are also without a win in three games with two defeats and a draw in their most recent matches, with the last victory coming on August 25th against Lochgelly Albert. 

Clark hopes that his side can progress this weekend after falling at the first hurdle of the competition last season, and go on a run similar to what they did in the 2016/17 season when The Frew reached the fifth round. 

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He said: “The Scottish Cup this weekend is a different kind of challenge against a team we don’t know much about. 

“We’ve seen this season that we’re capable of getting beat by anyone, but also that we’ve got it in us to beat anyone. 

“Everyone wants to do well in it. We’ll be optimistic and look forward to it, and hopefully show what we’re about.”