Jamie McKim has called on his side to be more clinical after they edged past Newmains to get back to winning ways at the weekend. 

Burgh had been without a win since mid-September but they dominated Newmains at Keanie Park on Saturday despite the 1-0 scoreline suggesting a closer match.

Billy Davies fired the hosts ahead 26 minutes in as McKim’s side enjoyed a comfortable first 45 with new strike-partnership Paul McCallum and Keiron Magennis creating a number of chances with their inventive and attacking play. 

Newmains did well to fight their way back into it after the break and had a couple of half-chances to snatch a point but resolute performances from captain Scott Robson and Gary Downey kept the door closed as Burgh eased to a vital three points. 

And while the gaffer is over the moon after they picked up their first win since September 8, he did have a go at his side’s inability to kill the game off when they had the chance.

He said: “It could have been a lot more convincing for us but to be honest I’m just happy that we’re now back to winning ways. 

“The only downside is that the scoreline could have been a lot more emphatic. We just weren’t clinical up top at all.

“I’ve actually watched the 90 minutes back again since and I’ve counted 22 shots on goal for us. How we only managed to get one goal, I don’t know. On the one hand, it’s pleasing that we’re creating so many chances but on the other it’s disappointing that we only finished one of them. 

“The finishing and goals will come in time though. We’ve freshened up the front two after struggling the last few weeks with Billy Davies coming in and getting the winner and Keiron Magennis coming in too.

“Taking away the score, we had a couple of standout performers on Saturday which has given all the boys a bit of a lift too. Paul McCallum came off the bench for his first start and he was up there with Magennis for me as man of the match.

"Our captain Scott Robson has been phenomenal once again. I’ve now got the opportunity to be able to get a bit of consistency and play the same team week in week out and I might just get that chance this weekend. I want to name an unchanged starting XI - we need the continuity and consistency if we want to settle and do well.

“It’s important to have some perspective after the win as well. You can’t get too high when you win or too low when you lose. I wasn’t overly concerned with the results but I obviously just wanted to start winning again and we’ve done that.” 

Burgh will be looking to find some consistency when they travel to Ardeer this weekend and McKim has urged his side not to show any signs of complacency against a club toiling at the foot of the table.

He added: “I’ve said it before but in my opinion everyone can get beat everyone in this league so if we want to win again this weekend, we will need to earn it. We won’t show up thinking it’ll be easy because Ardeer are near the bottom of the table, the players will need to be on it.”