AN IN FORM Sauchie Juniors cruised to a 3-0 win on Saturday as they continue their march up the league table.

The Reds welcomed fifth placed Musselburgh Athletic to Beechwood Park on as they looked to get revenge from their 2-0 loss the last time the two sides met.

Sauchie couldn’t have hoped for a better start as straight from kick off Danny Smith lofted the ball over Musselburgh’s back four, finding Jack Docherty who timed his run to perfection and was through on goal.

Docherty calmly side footed the ball past the keeper and the Reds were 1-0 up inside the first 15 seconds of the game. With 18 minutes played Sauchie doubled their lead.

Ross Hutchison’s high looping cross was unconvincingly punched clear by Musselburgh’s goalkeeper Ross McRae and the ball landed at the feet of Danny Smith inside the box. Smith dropped his shoulder and took a touch to get it on his left foot and wonderfully curled the ball around the outstretched reach of McRae and into the far post of the goal.

With four minutes to go in the first half it went from bad to worse for Musselburgh as their centre back Greg Page was sent off for cynically bringing down Docherty on the fast break with a high tackle that would be a red card even in rugby.

It wasn’t long into the second half that Sauchie put the game to rest as a wonderful goal kick from Chic Bell found Sam Davidson completely unmarked on the right wing.

Davidson drilled a low cross to Conor Kelly who was just inside the box and pirouetted around his defender before unleashing a left footed rocket into the bottom corner.

Speaking to Advertiser Sport after the match a delighted Kelly said: “It was a good ball from Sam [Davidson], I’ve taken my touch and put my left foot through it.

“It could have gone anywhere with the left foot to be honest with you but thankfully enough it went into the bottom corner.”

With Musselburgh down to 10 men and unable to threaten Sauchie’s defence, the Reds had more chances to score but seemed content to see the game out at 3-0.

Kelly continued: “We’re on a good run the now we just need to keep it going.

“It’s a really good feeling in the dressing room, the boys are playing well every week, and every time we go on the park, we feel like we’re going to win.”