Both Huntly and Turriff United are hoping for a boost to their season by reaching the Aberdeenshire Shield semi-final.
The pair meet at Christie Park in the quarter-final tonight with a home tie against Inverurie Locos in the last four on the line.
The Black and Golds – who have allowed midfielder Neale Davidson and defender Cory Ritchie to join Junior side Stoneywood Parkvale permanently after both were sent on loan – are 12th in the Highland League.
Turra are two places below so making it to a semi-final would be a major plus for both.
Huntly manager Martin Skinner said: “In cup games you always want a home draw if you can get it.
“We’re in the quarter-final and if we could get through we’d be at home again.
“The boys would love a crack at that but we’ll take it one game at a time.
“Hopefully we can sneak through tonight and have a home semi-final.
“But first of all we have to get the better of Turriff.”
The sides met a fortnight ago on league business with Huntly triumphing 3-1.
Skinner added: “There wasn’t too much in the game for long periods a couple of weeks ago.
“I think they’ll mix things up a bit from that game and adjust their gameplan.
“They saw how we played and we saw how they played and I expect a tough game as a result.”
Turriff are looking to bounce back after the disappointment of a 7-0 thrashing at home to Brora Rangers on Saturday.
Assistant manager Graeme Mathieson, who is No 2 to Kris Hunter, believes they will learn from their mistakes.
Mathieson said: “It’s a great incentive to get the club into a semi-final. If you can reach that stage anything can happen and it gives you a different focus to the league.
“The way things are just now the lads are putting themselves under pressure because they feel they’re not doing well enough.
“As a coaching team we’re not putting them under any pressure.
“We want them to learn and try to improve.
“Losing 7-0 is hard to take in any game and with the young lads they do tend to feel the pain a bit more than more experienced players.
“There were some harsh lessons learned on Saturday and they need to try to cut out those mistakes. We’re hoping for an improvement tonight.”