Jamie McKim insists he is not worried in the slightest after his Burgh side threw away a lead for the second successive match on their way to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

Burgh were 2-0 up and cruising against Annbank two weeks ago before going on to lose 3-2, and it was a similar story on Saturday as they led Carluke with 10 minutes remaining.

The home side enjoyed the majority of possession in a comfortable first 45 as neither side particularly troubled the other, with the best chance falling to Rovers who tested Gavin Wallace but the Burgh stopper parried it wide.

Burgh, who missed McKim on the sidelines due to a family wedding, looked much better after the break as they pressed forward.

Their chance came on the hour mark with Billy Davies forcing the keeper into a mistake before pouncing on the spill to float it hight into the net. 

Rovers came alive after that, though, as Burgh lost three players in quick succession to injury. 

The hosts netted their equaliser with 10 minutes remaining with Johnstone failing to clear their lines after a scramble in the box.

And things went from bad to worse for McKim’s side as Kerr Christie saw red for two professional fouls.

Carluke quickly took advantage of the extra man, whipping it in from the right for veteran Mark Weir to complete the comeback. 

But McKim reckons that, despite siting in seventh place after nine matches, his side have nothing to be worried about as their quality will shine through eventually.

He said: “Looking at our form from the outside, it could look worrying as we’ve thrown away the lead in our last two matches but I’m not worried at all to be honest. 

“I believe in my squad and I believe in their quality. 

“I believe it’s an unfortunate start we’ve had due to injuries and absences in general but I think now it’s time to settle down, find a bit of consistency and get a good run of wins together. We’re not far away to be honest. We’ve not achieved what we’ve wanted to in our last four or five games but we’re still not far away. 

“There’s 57 points still to play for. I’ve actually counted. It’s early days and I’m definitely not worried, put it that way.”

There may be 57 points left to play for but the next three are the most important as McKim acknowledges and he has urged his side to bounce back in style against St Anthony’s this weekend.

He said: “I’m actually really looking forward to the St Anthony’s match this weekend. I know John Kelly, their manager, really well and I know a lot of their players. I went to watch them a couple of weeks ago so I know what they’re like. 

“A couple of their boys played for me previously in the youth ranks and we didn’t sign a couple last season so they’re going to come to Keanie Park with something to prove on Saturday and try to beat us. 

“But I’ve no doubt that the squad I have are technically better than any other in the league from what I’ve seen. We now need to find that hunger and desire to make sure we back that up.”