Alex Jack Cup, 2nd Round

THE long wait for a Sauchie win is over – much to the relief of co-caretaker manager Darren Cummings.

The Reds legend and Darren Petrie oversaw the side's first victory of the season on Saturday as they hit Ormiston for three.

Conor Langton, Lewis Small, and David Cross scored the goals as Sauchie ran out comfortable winners in the Alex Jack Cup to end a five-game wait for a win.

It was only two weeks ago that Cummings was forced to speak some "home truths" after their defeat at Gretna and it seems to have worked.

He said: "We were fighting against the conditions and neither side were in great form but we just went out and got the job done.

"It has been a difficult start to the season and that was a chance away from the league to go out with the pressure being off.

"Daz and I put our own stamp on things to get a reaction from the boys and, to a man, they were brilliant.

"We went back to basics and we know we are struggling and have tried a few formations which have not really worked.

"So we just went back to a four-four-two and simplified the game. We got a reaction and have a few boys coming back who have helped us."

The Darrens were given a boost before the game when Langton returned to training on Thursday after damaging tissue in his knee in a pre-season friendly.

And while he is still working to get back to full fitness, Cummings knows the form of Langton will be crucial to Sauchie's success this season.

"Wee Conor is just back in training and Daz has been giving him some individual work to get him ready," Cummings continued.

"If we get a fit Conor back he will help us and we've not had that luxury this season. To have a strong bench and have the wee man there was a plus for us.

"He on after about ten minutes or so and did absolutely outstanding. He was a breath of fresh air and we've missed that.

"He is direct and is good to have about the changing room. He's infections and we are just buzzing for him to get on and put this injury to bed.

"We needed him a wee bit earlier than we would have liked to have him and he was outstanding."

Cummings and former Raith Rovers midfielder Petrie have been thrown into the deep end in the Wee County after taking over temporarily from Martin Mooney.

Mooney has stepped down due to family reasons and, while admitting it is a difficult situation, it's been made easier for the managerial novices by the players.

Cummings said: "It's difficult for me and Daz and we have been fired in there to keep things going.

"We have brought Greg Maitland to help us and he's a good voice around the changing room.

"We're not managers but the boys are with us and that's one good thing. We got a reaction and now it's up to me and Daz to carry the can.

"I believe this is a very good team and we've had a difficult start with people beginning to ask questions.

"They really deserved the win and I was chuffed to bits with what they did and that proves to us that they are with us."