SAUCHIE defender Stewart Houston called on his side to treat their remaining games as five cup finals in their battle for promotion.

The Reds currently lie sixth, four points behind Crossgates Primrose, who occupy the final sought after promotion spot from the East of Scotland Conference B.

Sauchie have a game in hand over the Fifers and, with no games remaining against any of the sides above them, will fancy their chances of achieving their start of season goal.

"Getting top-five is still very doable," Houston told Advertiser Sport. "We just need to take each game like a cup final between now and the end of the season.

"As long as we get the top five, it will be a good season.

"Any sort of cup run would be nice, but it is all about the league."

Houston took his place in the Sauchie side on Saturday as they were made to pay for switching off in the last minute as Bo'ness United took all three points thanks to Craig Comrie's winner.

The 23-year-old found himself partnered with Mark Sharp as part of a makeshift back four as both Terry Hewitt and David Cross dropped out.

It was a game ruined by the weather and Houston was left to lament the sickening blow at the death.

He continued: "The wind was basically a leveller for the game and it wasn't really a game of football. It completely ruined the game.

"I couldn't really get into the game and it was just one of those games which I would rather forget about.

"We stuck in there, but the late goal at the end was a blow.

"Both teams would agree that it was one of the worst games of football they'd ever played. It was all about trying to get the ball long and see who got the break of the ball.

"A draw would have been a fair result. It was really a game of half chances, we just really switched off at the last minute.

"Terry [Hewitt] and David [Cross] were a miss. Terry with his experience and David has been first class all season. Conor [Langton] was also a miss.

"We did okay without them just until that late goal at the end."