ROSS KAVANAGH hailed Sauchie’s win at the weekend as huge as they put the first three points on the board this season in what the striker described as “one of the toughest starts to a season” he’s had.

The Reds’ number 9 scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Tynecastle, in what was Sauchie’s first win since the season began.

Sauchie have endured a tough start to the season, recording back-to-back defeats against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Dunbar.

Kavanagh said it was pivotal for Sauchie to be able to put the first three points of the season on the board and looked to use this result to build momentum going forward.

Speaking to Advertiser Sport, he said: “We were extremely happy to get the first three points on the board.

“This has probably been one of the toughest starts to a season that I’ve been involved with but we grouped together and we all knew what we had to do to move forward.

“We ground out a good result against Tynecastle who have started their season off well with two wins.

“Overall, we’re really happy to kick off the season and hopefully we can keep moving forward from here.”

Sauchie challenged the Tynecastle defence on a number of occasions throughout the game but couldn’t find the breakthrough goal until the hour mark.

The visitors tried their best to slow the tempo of the game down, frustrating Sauchie as they tried to play a high press.

“I found the first half of the game a little frustrating,” Kavanagh added. “I felt I was really pressing their back four and chasing balls.

“We did work a few nice bits of play here and there but I thought Tynecastle defended really well.

“We kept going, we were patient and eventually we got the goal we needed but I thought Tynecastle did really well.

“Given we’ve had two losses at the start of the season, I was just extremely happy to get the first three points going so we can go forward.”