Forbes says Huntly are favourites but backs his Dee shock troops

Tommy Forbes says Banks o’ Dee are confident of causing an upset against Highland League Huntly in the Scottish Cup first round.

Dee welcome the Black and Golds to Spain Park tomorrow and Forbes, who is co-manager along with Sandy McNaughton, insists they will start as underdogs but have the belief they can shock the Highland League outfit.

He said: “Huntly will definitely start as favourites because they are the Highland League team and have a bit more experience. But we are confident.

“We had an easier game than we would have liked last week up at New Elgin and ended up winning 11-0.

“We probably could have done with a tougher game but we played some cracking football on the day and were very clinical.

“We go into the game with confidence. Things are looking good.”

Forbes is wary of Huntly but after beating Keith in the first round last year and shocking Buckie Thistle, Formartine United and Turriff United in last term’s Aberdeenshire Shield, he is eyeing another scalp.

He added: “Huntly have strengthened in more or less every department. So we know we are in for a tough game.

“Getting the home tie is big for us because it is a different ball game on their pitch at Christie Park.

“On our pitch I would like to think we can cause Huntly problems.

“We beat Linlithgow in the last round. We rode our luck at times, but you need your luck and we were clinical on the day when we got chances and hopefully we can do that again tomorrow.

“We will draw on past experiences against Highland League teams because it stands us in good stead for playing Huntly.”

Huntly co-manager Tommy Wilson does not think the artificial pitch at Spain Park will make much difference to the game, but expects it to be tough for his side.

He said: “It is a slightly different game on the artificial pitch and obviously Banks o’ Dee play on it all the time so they’ll know the surface slightly better than us.

“But we have trained on it and we know the surface so I don’t think it will be that much of an advantage. It is a different game on the artificial pitch but we will just have to adapt accordingly.

“We’re expecting a real difficult game because they beat a good team in Linlithgow Rose to get to the first round.

“We know a lot of their players because a lot of them are ex-Highland League so we expect a tight and difficult game.

“And it doesn’t matter what game we are playing whether it is the Scottish Cup or a friendly – every game is important, so we are aiming to win.”

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