COWDENBEATH missed out on the chance to keep their winning run going at Cumbernauld Colts and are looking to bounce back against Celtic B.

The young Celts are in third place and only four points adrift of leaders Spartans so they will be going all out this weekend to keep in touch with the leaders.

Cowden had enough chances to get at least one point from their visit to Broadwood, but they failed to score in the 1-0 loss.

Ewan MacPherson fired home after just seven minutes and although Cowden came close through Stuart Love, Alfie Robinson and David Struthers, they could not find a leveller.

Manager Maurice Ross was frustrated at not taking anything from the Colts match but he believes his team can pose Celtic B problems.

Said Ross: “We had quite a lot of the game at Broadwood, against a side which knows how to use the space available, but we missed a few very decent chances.

“We got caught out early in the game, to slip behind, but after that we could and should have got right back into the picture.

“The first-half was not good from us, there was a lack of intensity, we were weak mentally and deserved to be behind at the interval.

“Making the three substitutions at half-time perked things up, and we could have scored two or three goals, so we were unlucky not to take something from the game.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, he added: “Celtic B have been challenging for the leading places in the table for most of the season and will come to us looking to keep up their good form, but if we can produce the same sort of battling performance we put on against Caledonian Braves, we can get a result in this one.

“It should be a good, open game, with both teams looking for goals and entertaining the supporters.”

Injured midfielder Andy Black will again be missing for Cowdenbeath, with his hamstring problem, but another midfielder, Dean Ritchie, is fit again and was in the squad at Cumbernauld and will be okay for the Celtic game.