BO’NESS United will finish the 2012-13 season without any trophies in their cabinet, after their trip to Dalkeith Thistle proved fruitless last Saturday.
The BUs were knocked out of the East of Scotland Cup in the third round thanks to a solitary goal from the hosts.
Now a double header of Super League fixtures over three days awaits: a home game against Carnoustie tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm) then a visit to Kelty on Monday (kick-off 7pm).
Both sides have proved stumbling blocks for United already this season, Carnoustie winning 5-1 in October, and Kelty getting a 2-1 result last week.
United boss Allan McGonigal reiterated his view this week that the sooner this season is over, the better.
He told the Journal and Gazette: “We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. Saturday’s result was absolutely horrendous but I take the blame at the end of the day.
“We have had to use the same players for the last six weeks, due to unforeseen circumstances.
“Some of these boys have looked really jaded and tired. Credit to Dalkeith, they wanted to win more than us.
“That was probably the final nail in the coffin. It’s onwards and upwards from now on, it can’t get any worse.”
McGonigal was disappointed by Hay’s straight red card for a two-footed tackle.
He said Hay was not fit and, three months ago, before his broken foot, he would have got to the ball ‘no problem’.
Walker was struggling with a groin strain but McGonigal said: “They knew they couldn’t come off as we had nobody on the bench.”
He said he was big enough to take the flak for decisions taken this season with the best of intentions - which have ‘unfortunately backfired’.
He said: “Can we go and reverse these results? I hope so. We are trying to keep the players fresh in training.”
McGonigal is away after Saturday’s game for the rest of the campaign (his holiday was booked to coincide with Hamilton Accies season).
He also wished to congratulate Linlithgow Rose and said he hoped they win the Scottish Cup.