SAUCHIE boss Fraser Duncan saw his side earn their first point of the season and praised his players for showing the desire to turn the game around.

Duncan's men went into half-time trailing the visitors Linlithgow Rose and it took a structural reshape in the second half to turn the team's fortunes around.

The boss told Advertiser Sport: "Definitely chuffed with the first point on the board, but I said to the lads the first half was probably the worst we've played this season so for Linlithgow to come to Beechwood and for our first 45 to be the worst we've put in so far this season is disappointing.

"Certainly, in the second half the boys redeemed themselves, we've went out, changed the shape in the first five or 10 minutes and it suited us.

"We then became more of a threat and started to put a stamp on the game, and we're delighted to get the first point on the board. You don't want to start the first three games with zero points.

"Should we have a few more points on the board? Of course we should, but we're a young side and we're going to take some time to get into a rhythm, we just need to score more goals and give ourselves a chance."

Sauchie had lost their first two games to Dunbar and Dundonald and it was imperative that they took something from Saturday's match. It ended up coming through a slice of luck, but Duncan won't be complaining.

He said: "We didn't get any luck on Tuesday night [against Dundonald], we had some bad luck [that night] and then we get a wee bit of luck today so aye it was great.

"But I think in the first half when they get their goal they get a wee bit of luck as well.

"It's one of them where if the ball falls to you in the box I need you to put it away and Chris Brown, to give him his due, he's done brilliantly and put the ball away: he's been composed.

"He's a player we've just brought in in the last week from our community team, he's took his goal really, really well and I'm chuffed to bits for him."

Both teams had players come off with apparent hamstring injuries and Duncan believes his side have already had their season's worth of knocks.

He said: "I had a chat with the club physio during the week, he has the same concern as me, because of the long lay-off players are starting to pick up niggles.

"We've had so many injuries it's unbelievable and we're only three games into the season. I could say we've had 15 or 16 injuries and you think to yourself that's what you've usually got at the end of the season, and this is what it feels like, it feels like we're at the end of the season rather than the start of it.

"Credit to Jim Law who's doing his best and working hard, we're keeping him busy. We need to clear them injuries up."