TERRY Hewitt admitted he was delighted to finally be back playing after an injury hit summer, but insisted Sauchie had to learn from their mistakes after the side lost to Crossgate Primrose on Saturday.

For the second week in a row, the Reds were dealt a painful lesson as they threw away a lead and conceded in the last minute to lose 3-2.

But, skipper Hewitt insisted there were plenty of positives and that the inexperienced side would only get better as a result of the experiences.

He told Advertiser Sport: “I thought we started off really well and scored a goal and should have been up a few before halftime.

“After that, we stopped doing what got us into that lead and missed a penalty. We just couldn’t see that game out.

“Hopefully the boys will learn, it’s a couple of weeks in a row that that’s happened and it was very similar to last week. It will definitely give a few boys a shock to the system.”

Having made his comeback in last weekend’s defeat to Camelon, Hewitt played his first 90 minutes of the season on Saturday.

He continued: “It was great to be back playing as I’ve been carrying an injury since March and just continued to play before coming to a halt.

“I just couldn’t move and have had to my own personal pre-season.

“I think the team needs a wee bit of an older head and some experience. It was good to play yesterday and see the supporters there, who gave me a good reception.”

But, the skipper was full of praise for the young side and picked out the performances of the likes of Conor Langton and Mark Sharp for praise.

And he insisted the youngsters would learn from the defeats of the last two weeks and become better players for it.

“It’s a young squad and we’ve just got to learn as soon as possible.

“We are doing all the things correctly and have a game plan set up. It’s just a wee bit of game management that’s needed to see games out.

“Playing at our level is a lot different from playing pro youth, for instance, and I think as soon as the boys pick it up we will be fine.

“We just need to start as soon as possible because you don’t want everyone away at the top of the table. So, we are going to need to start getting points on the board now.

“We just need to go into training and work hard and hopefully we will get three points on the board next Saturday.

“Sauchie never do anything the easy way and it would be boring if we did.”