SAUCHIE were one of a number of teams in the East of Scotland Premier League whose game fell victim to the weather during the weekend.

Six of the nine games in the league were called off and Fraser Duncan’s side were one of them, due to play Tynecastle at Beechwood Park.

Despite his men being ready to play, Duncan will welcome the extra week to get more players’ injuries cleared up.

He told Advertiser Sport: “We tried everything we could to get the game on but with the amount of rain fall it’s been impossible to keep water off the park. We tried everything but just couldn’t get it to dry up quick enough.

“[It’s] disappointing for the team because we can’t keep momentum going and disappointing for the lads, but it gives us another week to clear up injuries. Iain Syme still has a wee niggle so it gives him another week, and Mark Sharp and Jack Docherty are the same.”

The club announced last week that Terry Hewitt would be re-joining the club and the centre-half told Advertiser Sport just how delighted he was to be back.

On working under Duncan again, Hewitt said: “When there was a chance to come back, I jumped at it because he’s one of the best managers I’ve ever played under, he’s a great guy as well so it was a no brainer.

“[I’ve got to say] a special thanks to George Graham who played a part in me coming back, he’s not well just now and I hope everything’s okay, and also to the chairman Karl Rennie.”

Duncan added: “Terry’s a good signing, a good lad to have in the changing room. Hopefully he settles in quite quickly like the last time which I’m sure he will.”

Unfortunately, the club also announced the passing of Jim Cousin, an integral part of Sauchie Juniors’ history.

Duncan said: “Jim’s been an inspirational person around the club for years. He was there when I signed as a player and you’d always see him at the club doing everything he could. He was chairman at the time but he done everything. Always a gentleman, a very approachable guy who just loved his football.

“We as a club have decided we’re going to retire Jim’s seat for the rest of the season, we’ll put a wreath on it and hopefully Jim will be right at the back of us.

“My thoughts go out to his family and everyone who knew him. It’s a big loss to the club, these guys who put work in over the years are invaluable.” Jim’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, December 16 with Jim’s family in attendance only.

However, any former players or associates of the club are welcome to Beechwood on the day at 1.40pm to pay their respects to the funeral procession as it stops at his beloved team’s ground. Face masks and social distancing measures are required.