Helensburgh FC's promotion hopes were dealt a blow on Saturday when they lost 4-0 away to a well-drilled South Lochaber team.

In one of the few amateur games to beat the big freeze last weekend, Burgh headed north to a snow-free Kinlochleven in good spirits after their win over Argyll rivals Carradale the previous weekend.

But it was the home team who started the brighter, and had Burgh hemmed back for the first 10 minutes of the game as the visitors struggled to get to grips with the movement of their hosts.

Helensburgh got lucky when the home side's winger side stepped Connolly and attempted to bend the ball past O'Brien in goal, but the ball rattled the post and Sinclair was able to clear.

But South Lochaber's early pressure had to give, and five minutes later the hosts found themselves in front with a header that found the top corner of the Burgh net.

The visitors changed formation to try and stifle the home team's fast style of play and for the rest of the first half the tactical move appeared to have succeeded, as they came more into the game, and created the best two chances.

But unfortunately Jeffreys' shots at goal were well fielded by the home side's goalkeeper.

The early stages of the second half were similar to the start of the first, with the hosts setting the pace once more – but with Danny Johns in dominating form in the Burgh defence, they found it hard to get past the visitors.

However the pressure on Helensburgh's defence eventually told when Connolly gave away a free-kick 25 yards out which flew into the corner of the net, despite O'Brien's despairing bid to get a half to the ball.

With it all to do, Burgh tried to bounce back, but they were always in danger of getting caught out by the home side's flying forward line – and it was from one of those quick counter-attacks that South Lochaber added a third to put the game out of reach of Helensburgh.

To the visitors' credit, they never gave up, and came close again when James Rowe found himself through on goal, but his shot was hit straight at the keeper and bounced to safety.

And with the clock ticking towards the final whistle, South Lochaber added a late fourth to put the icing on their cake.

Helensburgh assistant manager David Boxall was honest in his assessment of the 90 minutes, saying his side had been deservedly beaten.

He said: "Sometimes you just need to put your hands up and admit we lost to a better team on the day.

"However we weren't as bad as the scoreline suggests, and if we had taken the chances that had come our way it might have gave us that spark that was required."

Squad: O'Brien, Makeham, Johns, Park, Connolly, Martin. Gorman, McKell, Johannsson, Sinclair, Jeffreys, Petro, Tadlock, Findlay, Martin.

* This Saturday, March 10, Helensburgh have a rather shorter away day in store when they travel to Dumbarton to face Westcliff AFC in the League Cup.