Greg Gallagher refused to pull his punches last night after Lugar Boswell Thistle suffered more Wednesday woe at the hands of five-star Lesmahagow and admitted: "We were absolutely terrible."

The Jaggy Bunnets gaffer watched his side take the lead in their West of Scotland League Conference A clash then ship five goals without reply before bagging a late consolation in a 5-2 reverse.

Striker Lewis Hill was the visitors' hero as he netted a hat-trick – two of his goals coming from the penalty spot – as Lugar followed up last week's 6-0 thrashing from Muirkirk with another high-scoring loss.

Boss Gallagher insists a third defeat in four games wasn't good enough as he bids to lift the Rosebank Park side out of the doldrums.

He told Ayrshire Live: "We started off well and got the goal but we didn't deserve to get anything from that game.

"We were absolutely terrible and I've just told the boys that in there. We've had a big discussion with them regarding their performance.

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"We've went to Saltcoats two Saturdays ago and battled well then had a terrible performance last Wednesday. We came back with a battling performance against Maryhill and were unfortunate to lose 1-0 and now we've been beaten 5-2.

"It's as if on Wednesdays we don't turn up. We've had a discussion about that with the boys and basically we got what we deserved to be absolutely honest."

Gallagher vowed he will not tolerate Lugar being on the receiving end of heavy scorelines with his sights firmly set on improving the East Ayrshire club's fortunes.

"There's no reason to accept that," he said. "We had some good results during the Covid season and in pre-season we've had some good results.

"But then we come into the Wednesday fixtures during the season and it is the two Wednesday fixtures; it's not been all the games.

"We just don't turn up. There will be reasons for that and we will speak to the boys about the attitudes we're bringing on a Wednesday and try and nail that down."

Andrew Reid curled Lugar into the lead with a lovely free-kick but squandered a golden chance to make it 2-0 with Lesmahagow making the hosts pay three minutes into injury time when Hill converted his first spot-kick.

Hill was at it from 12 yards again after the break as three goals in the space of seven minutes ended the match as a contest. He got two of them with Kalvin Hill adding the other. Gary Nicholson audacious effort made it 5-1 before Reid struck late-on for Lugar.

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