There was agony for Glenrothes on Saturday as they missed out on the chance to win promotion to the Superleague.
Glens needed to win their final game of the season away to Dundee Violet to finish third in the East Premier League, and clinch a promotion play-off against Kelty Hearts.
Glens had won four league games in a row to set-up the do-or-die fixture. However, a 3-1 defeat left manager Grant Brough and his players dejected.
“It was just one game too far for us,” Brough told the Gazette. “After half an hour we had three or four players who looked dead on their feet.
“We’ve been playing the same guys for the last dozen games or so and it took a toll on them.
“That’s what happens when you haven’t got a big squad to choose from.
“We lost too many silly points early in the season, but we’ve been on a fantastic run so we can’t be disheartened about it.
“We just have to take the positives and move on.”
Glens have the perfect pick-me-up this Saturday as the club hosts its 50th anniversary football fun day at Warout Stadium (see pages 24-25).
“It’s an honour to be manager during the 50th celebrations,” Brough added.
“Glens have won the Scottish Cup, and that’s something the club is very proud of.”