SAUCHIE star Conor Kelly issued a rallying call to his team-mates ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup clash with Largs Thistle.

The Wee County side are at home in the cup for the first time in four years, and Kelly is hoping for a big turnout from the local community.

And the striker admitted he doesn't mind how they win it, as long as they are in the hat for the third round draw in the wake of Saturday's game.

Kelly told Advertiser Sport: "We can't have any excuses this week because this game is as big as it gets. We need to win, and for me it doesn't really matter how we do it.

"It's a long time since we had a home game in the cup so we want to make sure we get the crowd behind us, get a good week's training and try to kick on. It's so important for everyone involved with the club."

Sauchie come into the game on the back of an agonising defeat to Kelly's former club Linlithgow Rose last weekend, but despite their loss, the forward believes there are plenty of positives for his side to take into the game.

He reckons the boost in confidence their pleasing performance will give them will stand them in good stead.

He said: "We can take a lot of positives from the game. At 1-0 they weren't a million miles ahead of us but they did deserve to win it. But there were a lot of good performances from our boys. The whole team worked really hard.

"The back four had a cracking game and we were pretty sound defensively. They weren't able to really hurt us and we did manage to break away a few times.

"We looked dangerous at times. Everyone played well and our shape was good. It was definitely a big improvement from the Jeanfield game.

"Our best performances have come against the better teams this season. I'm not really sure why that is, but we have to make sure we play like that every week.

"It shouldn't take Linlithgow or another of the bigger teams to get us up for it.

"We can definitely take positives from the game into Saturday because there were plenty of good things from our point of view. We are going in with a bit more confidence, and hopefully that will spur us on to go and get the win."