Since manager Gus Malone took over, St Andrews United’s form has resembled that of a rollercoaster and stringing two good performances together proving a challenge.
Nothing changed at Albyn Park on Saturday as Saints went down 4-2 against Broxburn Athletic.
The manager was forced in to making changes with Chris Seeley on holiday, meaning a reshuffle with Lee Sibanda returning to the starting line up. New signing Greg Whyte was given a place on the bench.
The home side took the lead in controversial circumstances on 12 minutes.
A United clearance was lobbed back over the back line and with three players in offside positions, Keast was allowed to lob the ball over McEwan in to the net.
Barry Sibanda pulled United level following a poor clearance by Broxburn keeper Maley which fell to Sutherland.
His snapshot was blocked on the line but fell to Sibanda who rammed the ball home to equalise.
Broxburn effectively won the game in the five minutes after half time.
Cowan was allowed to Waltz through unchallenged before slipping the ball beyond McEwan.
McEwan was then the director of his own downfall as he pursued Gibson away from goal and fouled the Broxburn substitute giving the referee little option than award a spot kick.
Cowan buried the kick to put the home side 3-1 before the half time Bovril had gone cold.
United pulled a goal back on the hour, Kadela nodding the ball home.
Broxburn wrapped up the game on 85 minutes when Weir beat the defence before slotting the ball past McEwan.
A Wedderburn shot looked to be handled on the line but United appeals were waved away.
Saints - McEwan, McMullan, Wedderburn, Drummond, Patrick, Buchan (G Whyte), Sutherland, B Sibanda, L Sibanda (Mackie), McInnes, Kadela (Port)
Subs - Ramsay, T Whyte.