Evening Express

Banks o’ Dee’s Forbes relishes Inverurie Locos test in Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup

Tommy Forbes.

Banks o’ Dee co-manager Tommy Forbes is looking forward to the challenge of taking on Highland League Inverurie Locos.

Dee meet the Railwaymen at Harlaw Park tonight in the first round of the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup.

The tie was originally scheduled for August 1, but clashed with Locos’ involvement in the Irn-Bru Cup play-off round.

Forbes said: “It’s still early in the season. We’ve started well, but Auchinleck (Talbot – loss in the Scottish Cup preliminary round) was a bit of a setback.

“We have another big game now in Inverurie Locos.

“They had a good result, the same as us, on Saturday. We’re looking forward to it.

“We beat them 4-1 in the semi of the Aberdeenshire Shield last year, but I think we got them at a good time. They’d had their winter break and we’d played a couple of games.

“They hadn’t played for about five weeks.

“But we were good on the night and a repeat performance would be good.”

Juniors Dee beat Maud 8-1 at the weekend, despite being short on players, while Locos put 10 unanswered goals past Fort William.

Forbes’ managerial partner Jamie Watt, until the summer a prolific striker for two seasons at Spain Park, came off the bench to score his 100th goal for Dee.

He is expected to be absent tonight with flu but Forbes should have a bigger bench.

He said: “We’ve got Kane Winton back – he was away for the weekend.

“Calum Murray and Greg Alexander will be back as well.

“Dean Lawrie had a wedding on Saturday, so he’s back available as well with Craig Buchanan.

“Locos will definitely finish top six in the Highland League. That’s the game you want for our players, because we certainly don’t get tested like they do most weeks.”