Paul Lawson is drawing inspiration from Formartine United’s previous good form in the Scottish Cup, as they look to cause a major surprise on Saturday.
The Pitmedden team take on Championship side Queen of the South at Palmerston in the third round of the competition.
United are bidding to reach the fourth round of the competition for the third year in a row.
In the past two seasons Formartine have beaten SPFL opposition in Forfar and Annan and in round two this term they dumped Albion Rovers.
North Lodge Park boss Lawson believes they can take heart from those results when they face the Doonhamers.
He said: “We can take inspiration from that, although we haven’t played anybody of this level and beaten them.
“But we have shown we can beat teams in League One and League Two and this is the next jump.
“On the day, you never know and I just hope the boys have confidence and put on a performance to do the club proud.
“It’s a different test for us and you want to test yourself against the best players you can and that’s what the Scottish Cup can bring.
“It’s nice that we’ve reached this stage again and we want to go as far as we can.
“Being the underdog can be something that will help us if they take their foot of the gas and we’re at full pelt; you never know what can happen.
“There could be a shock on the cards, but firstly we want to go there, give a good account of ourselves and see how we get on.”
United will set off for Dumfries tomorrow and stay overnight on the outskirts of Glasgow before completing the journey on Saturday.
The hope is that the overnight stay and shorter journey on matchday will give the Highland League club a better chance of causing a shock.
Lawson was quick to praise the club for shelling out to give his squad the best possible chance of upsetting Gary Naysmith’s Queens, who are currently sixth in the Championship. He added: “We want to give ourselves the best opportunity we can and we feel the travelling is a lot to do in the one day. We’re going down on Friday and full credit has to go to the club for allowing us to do that.
“We want to give ourselves the best chance of getting through and we’re doing this in the hope it means the boys are well rested come Saturday.
“We’re staying on the outskirts of Glasgow, which helps break up the journey.
“The outlay is a lot and it’s not ideal for clubs in our league to do this but the rewards could be well worth it.
“So we’re looking to take that chance to give the boys the best opportunity they can to perform well on Saturday.
“It’s a big ask for our fans who are going to the game and we want to put on a performance for them.”