“NIGHT and day’’ was how United boss Paul Ronald described his side’s improved showing against Bonnyrigg Rose on Wednesday night in the Fife and Lothians Cup.
While it was not enough to see Bo’ness through to next week’s semi against Linlithgow, it did mark a comeback in terms of performance after four Super League defeats in a row.
The BUs went out 3-2 on penalties to the home team after the 90 minutes finished goal-less.
Ronald said: “It’s a bit cruel, we deserved more from our efforts against Bonnyrigg. I feel for the players, they put in an excellent shift and a good performance.’’
He added: “It was a big improvement. There’s no getting away from it, that the boys have been really flat the last couple of weeks.
“We had no bookings, never mind a sending off. They are taking that on board. We don’t mind commitment and effort but we can’t have silly bookings and sending offs when things are going against us.”
United lost a man on Saturday against Musselburgh Athletic after just 10 minutes and went on to lose 3-0.
Ronald said his players did not set out to get booked and added poor defending was also a factor in the defeat which leaves Bo’ness looking at a fourth spot season finish at best.
Tomorrow the side has pride to play for in their last home game against Hill of Beath, contenders for the Super League crown.