SAUCHIE secured their place in the second round of the Scottish Cup with a 4-1 victory over Gala Fairydean Rovers at the weekend.

Doubles from Sam Collumbine and Ross Kavanagh sealed the win for Fraser Duncan’s men, who will now host Bonnyrigg Rose in the next round.

Fraser Duncan told Advertiser Sport: “It’s a great result, to beat them – a league above us – was brilliant.

“I’m really delighted for the lads and the young boys that were in the squad with them. We had seven or eight players missing, four or five injured and some with suspension, which was really difficult.

“We went into the game having to throw some of the young boys in, we worked hard all week and they were absolutely outstanding.

"The work rate, the effort they put in and the way they went about the game, everything they done was superb.

“They’re a good side, kept the ball a lot but we were just ruthless, every time we went up the park we looked like we were going to be a threat and score.

"There has been a few times when they pushed to get into the game but we defended excellently, our back four was superb.

“The boys deserved it, they were superb and they get their rewards with a big tie against Bonnyrigg.”

Up next for Sauchie is Bonnyrigg Rose and while Duncan admits they were one of the sides he didn’t want to face, his team will still go into looking to secure passage to the third round.

He said: “It is a very hard draw because they’re a good side; they’re experienced and strong and they’ve really kicked on.

"It’s going to be a difficult one. I was actually sitting listening to the draw and I said you want to avoid teams like Bonnyrigg.

“It’s great for the club, they’ll bring a big support through and it’s a free hit for us. We’ll give it our all, nobody’s expecting anything from us.

“If we put a good show on I think we’ll cause them a few problems. I think Kav [Kavanagh] will cause them problems.

"If we can stay tight at the back and keep doing what we’ve been doing we’ll be fine.”

Now that Scottish Cup duties are over for now, attention returns to the league as Sauchie travel to Oakley.

Duncan said: “It’s great to be in the Scottish Cup, the longer you’re in it the bigger the buzz is around the place.

"It’ll be a busy day up at Beechwood but before that we’ve got a lot of league duty to take care of and that starts this Saturday, we need to put three points on the board and nothing less.

“It’s going to be a hard one, Oakley will be a difficult place to go, they’re looking to put their first points on the board.

“We’ve got to make sure the lads understand we’ll not be giving any points away, we need to put three points on the board.”