SAUCHIE veteran Terry Hewitt can't wait to get back onto the pitch after his suspension.

The defender has sat out the last two games after being dismissed in December's draw with Bo'ness United.

He was in the stands during their scrappy 1-1 draw with Crossgates on Saturday and can't wait to put things right away at Dundonald Bluebell this weekend.

He told Advertiser Sport: "It's horrible watching from the sides when you want to just be out there and helping the team. It's even worse when you are fit.

"I still feel my sending off against Bo'ness was harsh and it's been a bit stop-start for us lately.

"Hopefully I can train well this week and be considered to be playing in Saturday's big match."

Hewitt watched as Ross Crawford put the Reds ahead with a tidy finish before being pegged back by a penalty in the game's dying minutes.

It's the third time the sides have met this season with Sauchie yet to taste victory against mid-table outfit.

And while Saturday's encounter was scrappy, Hewitt feels the inexperienced Sauchie side just about edged proceedings.

He continued: "It was a funny game and a typical one for just being back after a couple of weeks off.

"I think we probably just shaded it with a couple of chances to kill the game off. But, at the end of it they got a penalty and a lot of the boys are saying it wasn't one and wasn't even inside the box.

"We just need to learn to see the games out a wee bit better and learn how to defend a lead – but we are still a young team.

"I think Crossgates must be a bogey side for us as that's three times we've not beaten them and conceded late."

The draw keeps Sauchie fourth in the East of Scotland Conference B table as they go in hunt of one of the five available places that will go on to form a new super league next season.

Despite the sticky form of late - no win in three games – Hewitt remains convinced the Reds can still secure a top three finish.

He added: "Minus the game at Bonnyrigg Rose, we've more than matched everybody."