THE Blue Brazil suffered back-to-back Lowland League defeats as they went down 3-0 to Open Goal Broomhill last night (Wednesday).

Matty McDonald gave the hosts a first-half lead at Broadwood before Ryan Tierney and Broque Watson added to the tally after the hour mark.

The result followed up on Saturday's 1-0 loss to Gretna 2008, with a Jack Ruddy error allowing Russell Currie the chance to pounce and grab the winner.

Suspensions, injury and illness deprived Maurice Ross from numerous players on Saturday with a depleted squad left to choose from.

The Blues were without the suspended Stuart Love, Scott Sinclair and Ewan Thomson, while central defenders, skipper Jordan Armstrong and Iain Davidson, were out through the illness which swept through the Cowden dressing room last midweek.

Also several players took part in the Gretna game despite feeling a little unwell.

Cowden assistant boss, Colin Jack, was disappointed to lose at Gretna and is looking for the team to step up to the challenges presented by Celtic B, on Saturday, after the Broomhill defeat.

“We had a few problems for the Gretna game, with three players suspended and a bug posing issues, which ultimately saw our two regular central defenders missing out, but we had opportunities to take something from the game,” said Jack.

“We lost a very avoidable goal, with Jack Ruddy getting caught out, but we had chances to get back into the game, with some good chances being created, and it was very disappointing to lose that one.

“However, we should have the vast majority of our players available for this week’s games, although we know these will be tough tests.”

Cowden lost 3-2 away from home to the young Celts but the management team have a much stronger team available to them now.

“If we can take our chances we can cause problems,” added the coach.

“We need to start picking up points to avoid the mid-table pack of clubs getting away from us."

Meanwhile, the home Lowland League match with Tranent on Saturday, December 31, will also now have a 1pm kick-off.