SAUCHIE’S unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday as they lost 4-1 during a tough visit to Jeanfield Swifts.

The Reds took an early lead through Jack Thomson but the home side quickly got themselves back in the game, scoring two before half-time.

Things only got worse for Sauchie in the second half, with manager Fraser Duncan stating Jeanfield “picked us apart”.

Speaking to Advertiser Sport, Duncan was left to rue the outcome of the match and felt Sauchie shot themselves in the foot at times.

“We were disappointed with the end result,” he said. “We started the game the better side, we passed the ball about pretty well and got our goal.

“We had a falling asleep moment which led to the first and second goal for them, we made it really easy which isn’t like us.

“We had worked on a lot of stuff throughout the week to stop that from happening but it’s obviously slipped their minds.”

The game against Jeanfield had been earmarked as a tough fixture for Sauchie, who were coming off the back of an impressive League run, which saw them go eight games unbeaten.

Following a triple header of home games, Sauchie geared up for two tough away games against Jeanfield and Musselburgh, but were carrying huge momentum with them.

Duncan added: “To go into half-time 2-1 down, I was disappointed and I was disappointed at the work rate of the strikers.

“I think Mark Smith and Ross Kavanagh could have given us a lot more, they get a lot of plaudits for scoring loads of goals, but I was a bit disappointed with them on Saturday.

“In the second half, Jeanfield sat in and waited to see what we would do. We pushed on and tried to get back in the game and they just picked us off.”

With aspirations of winning the League title, Sauchie look ahead to their visit to Musselburgh this weekend as a chance to right the wrongs of Saturday.

Duncan explained that Sauchie’s biggest problem is not taking big chances that fall their way, ruing missed opportunities from Saturday’s game.

“We need to stop giving goals away,” he continued. “We keep going on about taking chances, we need to be taking our chances.

“We scored the first goal and went 1-0 up and had a big chance right after it but we missed it and another right before the goal.

“We need to take our chances and stop giving goals away at silly times.”