DEJECTED Troon FC assistant boss Matt Maley is warning they have to compete for the whole match after suffering a what he dubbed a "disappointing" defeat on Saturday.

The Seasiders went down 2-1 away to local rivals Irvine Meadow, following the loss at their hands in the corresponding match at Portland Park.

They had been hoping to build on their 2-1 success at home to Kilwinning Rangers seven days earlier but were wasteful in the first half against a Meadow side who came out stronger after the break.

Maley was not at the match owing to a prior engagement but has been fully briefed by manager Jim Kirkwood.

He said: "I have had a long chat with Jim about the game and from what I hear we had chances to increase our lead in the first half but could not do that. Ryan Stevenson was very unlucky not to score. But Irvine Meadow were the hungrier team in the second half and took their chances. But the thing is we can't play just 50 per cent we have to compete for the whole match and we have made that clear to the players."

Troon on Saturday host basement team Renfrew, who have taken just nine points from 15 games.

Maley added: "This is a must-win match for us, we are at home and must take three points."