DAVID Cross has promised Sauchie won’t get ahead of themselves in their battle to avoid the drop from the Premier Division. 

The Reds made it two wins from two on Saturday as they put basement boys Newtongrange Star to the sword in an impressive 4-1 romp, effectively ending the survival hopes of one of their main relegation rivals. 

The Wee County side’s recent purple patch has lifted them out of the drop zone and given them a real fighting chance of playing in the East of Scotland’s top tier again next season. 

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But, former Stirling Albion player Cross says they cannot afford to take their foot of the gas, especially as Sauchie’s fate remains out of their hands due to having played more games than many of their rivals. 

“We just want to push on and not look too far,” Cross told Advertiser Sport. “We still have to take each game as it comes and can’t afford to think we are safe just because we have some wins.

“It’s far from safe and there are so many teams in and about it and some might have lost on Saturday who will be dragged into the relegation fight.

“There’s a long way to go and we have to make sure we try and get three points off Bo’ness United at home. 

“We are not going into things thinking we are safe because we know we are far from it.

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“You go into the Bo’ness game like the Tranent game with a game plan and hope we can execute it.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league and we have seen that this season.”

Cross popped up at the other end in the impressive win over the Star as his fine finish from Alan Comrie’s cross opened the scoring for the hosts, easing the nerves of those in the Jimmy Millar stand.

The floodgates opened in the second-half as Ross Crawford notched a brace, before Aaron Bryson found the net for the first time since moving on loan from Camelon. 

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A beaming Cross joked: “It was some finish on the right peg! I actually said to Ross Crawford before the game that I’ve not scored as many from crosses this season, or even from the spot compared to last year.

“On that pitch, it is hard for the boys swinging it in, especially when wee Craigy Donaldson takes them. 

“So, I thought I would take a gamble and go short and Alan has put a poor ball in I have managed to make the best of! 

“I’m only joking of course and it was a good ball that I managed to make the most of. As soon as I hit, I knew it was going in.”