Hitman Neil Gauld is dreaming of a Highland League Cup hat-trick – but he won’t underestimate former team Formartine United.
Inverurie Locos face the Pitmedden side at North Lodge Park tomorrow in the first round of the League Cup.
The Railwaymen have lifted the famous trophy on two occasions – 2008 and 2009 – with Gauld involved in both triumphs.
The striker, who has already plundered 32 goals this term, wants to end the 10-season wait to return the League Cup to Harlaw Park.
Gauld said: “It would be good to win it again. I would love to win it because it has been a long time.
“I know how it feels to win and it’s been too long for a club like Locos not to win the League Cup – it’s been 10 seasons.
“So I think we are due a run in it and a win in the next couple of years. It would be really good to get a third medal after winning it twice in a row.
“That was a good spell for us and this is the biggest cup in the Highland League so it would be great to win it.
“But the first thing we have to focus on is getting past Formartine, which will be tough.”
Since winning the Aberdeenshire Shield two seasons ago Inverurie have had a barren run in cup competitions.
Gauld, who played for Formartine from 2015 to 2017, wants the run to end and is looking forward to returning to North Lodge Park.
He added: “I can’t really put my finger on why we haven’t done well in the cups for the last couple of years. It’s something we need to change because we want to be competing for cups.
“I normally get a good reception at North Lodge Park. I still get on well with a lot of people at the club such as the committee.
“I didn’t leave on bad terms so I’ll enjoy going back there.”
Formartine are the cup holders but captain Stuart Anderson insists they can’t focus on past glory and says the present is all that matters.
The midfielder said: “Last season is done now. It was good to win the cup.
“But we are at the first-round stage and we are just taking it game by game.
“The only thing we are concentrating on is getting a result in this game.
“We can’t look further ahead because we’re playing one of the top teams in the league.
“And we can’t look too much at the past because this is a new season.”
Anderson is also wary of former team-mate Gauld and added: “They’ve also got two of the best strikers in the league in Chris Angus and Neil Gauld.
“It will be a very difficult game and it’s one that could go either way. Neil is on fire and he has been since he went back to Inverurie.
“He scored a lot of goals in his time with us as well.
“He is a very dangerous player and somebody we need to be aware of.”