We’re heading to Sauchie to win

Bo'ness and St Andrews meet.
Bo'ness and St Andrews meet.

St Andrews United try to get their survival bid back on track after it was derailed at Bo’ness on Saturday.

This week they travel South once again this time to Sauchie who themselves crashed to defeat in the Scottish Cup to Camelon.

That defeat has sparked a few departures from the Beechwood club, most notably former Dundee United player David Winters who is reported to be joining Linlithgow Rose.

Saints are expected to be at full strength this week and manager Gus Malone is looking forward to getting back to winning ways after last weeks defeat.

“Although Bo’ness probably edged it over 90 minutes, we could have made it a different story had we taken some of our chances in the first half,” he said.

“With the assistance from the wind it was like playing with a couple of extra players but they hit us with a sucker punch and we never really recovered although having said that, we never gave up either.

“Sauchie have been doing well recently and once they had got a draw at Camelon, most people expected them to go through but the got beat quite convincingly on Saturday, so we will just have to see.

“I understand a couple of players have left during the week and this Linlithgow manager saga drags on and on with nearly every manager in the south region being mentioned, including the Sauchie gaffer which can’t be helping.

“However, don’t expect us to be offering any sympathy, we are going to Sauchie for one reason and one reason only and that is the three points.”

Kick Off at Beechwood Park is 2.30pm.

Rivals Tayport are also still thick in the relegation mix.

Dave Baikie’s men went down 4-3 at home to Broxburn at the weekend.

Super League duty continues on Saturday for the relegation haunted side when they visit New Dundas Park, to face Bonnyrigg Rose.

The Canniepairt management team will have spent the week trying to iron out the defensive weaknesses which were in evidence in last weekend’s defeat to Broxburn, while, at the same time, attempting to instil belief into the young squad.

“The defeat was a sore one to take,” said Baikie.

“After scoring to go 3-2 up it was vital that we kept our concentration for a sustained period but we failed to do that.”