Premier League South:

Rosyth 2 Harthill Royal 4

DEFLATED Rosyth boss Brian Muirhead bemoaned individual mistakes that he feels are costing his team after they fell to defeat on Saturday.

Their last home game of the season ended in disappointing fashion as Harthill Royal inflicted a fifth loss in six league matches, and a third in a row in all competitions.

After losing to Bathgate Thistle and Whitburn in the Consolation League Cup, Muirhead had targeted wins over Harthill and Livingston United, who they face this weekend, to secure a top-six finish.

But, following this latest setback, the best they can hope for is seventh, if they can end their league campaign with three points.

After falling behind on the half-hour, and conceding again three minutes before the break, the hosts pulled a goal back through Mikey MacMillan on the hour mark, only to lose another goal just 10 minutes later.

Harthill made it 4-1 with four minutes remaining before Tam Hampson grabbed a consolation.

"It was like going from one extreme to another", Muirhead commented.

"We played some good football but individual errors have cost us three goals. I said to them at half-time, and at the end, to be disciplined and keep our shape, but they've had five shots throughout the whole game and scored four goals.

"I can't say that it was Sunday league or schoolboy defending – it was worse than that. There were three big punts up the park that led to three goals. It has been the story of our season.

"It feels like we've been turned over by a team that wanted it more and who were clinical."

He added: "I'm looking forward to the end of the season, which is not normally like me, but we can only finish fifth-bottom. That is a major disappointment as we were sitting fourth at one point.

"If you play better than the guy you're up against, you take it from there, and if another six or seven do that then, by the law of averages, you should win the game. But, on Saturday, I only had three or four who did that.

"It is probably the youngest team I've put out for a while; we had two 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old starting.

"I hope we can get a result against Livingston, then finish against Whitburn (next Wednesday in the Consolation League Cup) and then enjoy a holiday."

Rosyth were also in Consolation League Cup action last night (Wednesday), where Jason Keith's goal handed them a 1-0 win at Bathgate Thistle.

Meanwhile, Crossgates Primrose have the opportunity to continue their fine season when they head for Ormiston in the King Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Alan Campbell's team finished fifth in Conference B of the East of Scotland League – securing their place in the Premier Division that will be created next season – and are two games away from the showpiece.

Primrose will likely be viewed as favourites against an Ormiston team that are bottom of Conference C but Campbell said: The boys have done great and now we have the chance to take the club to a semi-final.

"That would be great for our first season at this level but Ormiston will be saying the same. We won't be taking them lightly."

l Saturday's fixtures (kick-offs 2.30pm): King Cup, quarter-final – Ormiston v Crossgates Primrose. Premier League South – Livingston United v Rosyth. Wednesday's fixture: Bathgate Thistle v Rosyth (7.15pm).