The 19th goal of the season from Jordan Lauder was not enough to prevent Kelso suffering their sixth straight defeat or slipping another place down the league table, writes George Riley.
“We are having no luck at the moment,” said United manager Prof Blaikie.
“The ref gave a soft penalty which put us on the back foot.
“Burntisland’s keeper had a couple of great saves, but although we are creating chances we are lacking the killer punch.”
The visitors went in front after 20 minutes when Grant Gass was judged to have tripped Adam Doig running through on goal. Doig put the spot kick under the diving Elliott Turnbull.
The Tweedsiders were building up steam and good work from Liam Wallace and then Chris Black saw Jordan Lauder go close to scoring. Pressure paid off in the 33rd minute when Wallace placed a perfect pass onto the left foot of Lauder and the big striker made no mistake with a fierce shot.
Lauder had a chance to make it two after 40 minutes when he turned defender Blair Smart on the penalty spot and fired straight at Mikey Couser in the visitors’ goal. The keeper managed to push the ball out as far as Wallace, whose shot hit the bar.
Burntisland changed keepers at half-time and substitute Jordan Mushet was in the action, diving to tip a Lauder shot wide.
Just after an hour, United set up another chance when Lauder swung a cross to Shane Bonnington, who volleyed the ball back across goal, and Ryan Beveridge’s effort slid wide of the post.
The visitors regained the lead after 74 minutes as a ball down the left found tall substitute Daniel Watt lurking at the edge of the box and the youngster lifted a chipped shot, which nestled into the top corner of the net beyond Turnbull.
The Fifers went down to 10 men in the dying moments of the match when Doig was sent off, receiving a second yellow for a foul on Bowie.