Frustrated by the woodwork on no fewer than a hat-trick of times, Spartans headed back across the M8 following a 0-4 defeat at the hands of Celtic in the latest midweek SWPL 1 encounter.
Alicia Yates retained the gloves after taking over from the injured Rachel Harrison at the weekend and Becky Galbraith recovered from a nasty fall to take up her berth up top.
Galbraith was looking lively early on in the box however her header from a corner flashed over the bar.
Former Ainslie Park striker Sarah Ewens opened up the scoring for the hosts in the 15th minute and despite a couple of chances at the other end, Spartans found themselves go into the sheds at the break 3-0 down.
The second half may have seen Celtic extend their lead to four however a frantic final ten minutes saw Spartans offer a late rally, with Sarah Clelland rattling the bar from long range, Galbraith’s effort crashing off the same part of the woodwork and a final effort from a corner coming off the post.
It was a spirited ending to a tough evening at Lennoxtown and the side now regroup ahead of another important fixture on Sunday when we host Forfar Farmington at Ainslie Park.