BROUGHTY travelled to Midlothian on Saturday to play Newtongrange Star in a Premier League fixture.
After a relatively even starting 15 minutes it was the home side which opened the scoring when LEWIS TURNER fired home with a great strike from outside the box after a corner had been cleared.
Although Broughty were battling hard they were struggling against a lively Star outfit.
The Fed did have a good passage of play minutes later when Kevin Garrick found space but his effort was cleared away from the danger area.
Dunbar in particular was causing problems down the Star right.
Broughty did not get the rub of the green from the referee when Star scored again in 30 minutes in controversial circumstances when CHRIS KING tapped home from a clearly offside position.
The home side was very much in the mood in the first half and CHRIS KING finished well right on half time after good build up play from Joe Dunbar.
Half-time: Newtongrange Star 3, Broughty Athletic 0.
Broughty never gave the game up in the second half and had a decent chance on the hour mark when a good move on the right saw a ball played in by Iain MacLeod and Kevin Garrick’s header went just over the crossbar.
With the Fed showing a fighting spirit throughout, they were caught out by with another counter against 10 minutes from the end, although again many in the ground were debating the referee’s decision.
Man-of-the-match Chris King found space on the left and played in substitute DAVID BEATTIE, who ignored a strong case for being in an offside position to finish well.
Broughty, although showing good spirit throughout, now need to recapture the earlier season form for the remainder of the season.
Manager Kenny Cameron is approaching Broughty Athletic’s remaining six fixtures in determined fashion.
He commented after Saturday’s game: “Credit goes to Newtongrange Star who were on their game today and deserved the three points.
“It goes without saying that we are all disappointed with the way things have gone in our last two games in the league.
“I will not, however, allow anyone to offer excuses or feel sorry for themselves. Make no mistake, everyone will be working hard to rectify the situation in all our remaining games this season.”