The Colts entered Friday nightís GeoSonic Lowland League fixture with Spartans full of confidence after their decent start to the season but with a realisation that to obtain a result every player required to be on top form from the start.
Unfortunately it took the home side a while to get into the game which proved fatal to their aspirations.
Spartans took the game to the Colts from the first whistle and after a period of sustained pressure found themselves taking the lead when Smith slotted home after some neat wing play saw him latch on to a cut back just inside the 18 yard box.
They continued to press but the Colts held strong, with a few attempts of their own fashioned by Holmes who was proving to be a handful for the visitors.
As luck would have it however and just as the home side had settled into the game they found themselves 2 goals down when Kirwan was adjudged to have handled inside his own penalty area. The home support were entitled to feel aggrieved as it looked to be more of a ball to hand situation but the ref disagreed and Greenhill duly dispatched the spot kick. Seeing the chance to put the tie to bed Spartans maintained the pressure and but for Pettigrew in the Colts goal, getting down low to save to his left, would have added to their lead before half time. As it was the Colts weathered the storm and saw out the remainder of the first half.
The second half saw the Cumbernauld side play with more determination and desire and this led to a few half chances, the pick of which saw Brown rise to meet a cross from Holmes at the near post which sailed just wide, but these did not see the Visitorsí keeper being called into action to any great degree. Spartans also created similar chances but found the Coltsí defence in good shape with Pettigrew also being there when it mattered. Consequently the game played out with no further goals and Spartans returning to Edinburgh with all three points.
A disappointing night for the Colts but with the consolation that there will not be many teams, the caliber of Spartans, likely to visit Broadwood during the rest of the season and also, the opportunity to get quickly back to winning ways when they take on EDU Sport when they travel to Annan on Wednesday night.