Scottish Cup preview: Banks o’ Dee aiming to repel Selkirk, Keith up for ‘brilliant’ tie and Buckie treating game like a final

Bank's O Dee FC players train ahead of the match aganist Selkirk in the second round of the Scottish Cup at Spain Park.

Banks o’ Dee are relishing their chance to make history, according to co-manager Tommy Forbes.

The Junior outfit host Lowland League Selkirk in the Scottish Cup second round at Spain Park tomorrow.

A victory for Dee would see them reach the third round of the national cup for the first time in their history.

Forbes, who is joint-boss alongside Sandy McNaughton, says that everyone involved with the club is relishing the opportunity to reach the third round for the first time ever and he reckons because of what is at stake this is their biggest match this season.

He said: “We do relish it. It was similar last year when we had the chance to progress.

“We beat Golspie in the qualifying round, then beat Keith away in the next round and we took Formartine to a replay.

“But their strengths were just too much for us on the day.

“This team will probably be of similar strength to Formartine.

“But we just think, what a great chance to get the club into the third round.

“It would boost the profile of the Junior league up here as well.

“It is our biggest game of the season.

“The Linlithgow game was a big occasion and then the Huntly game was big, and it gets even bigger with the chance to get into the third round.

“We have a couple of niggling injuries which will hopefully clear up.

“But our success over the last few years has been built on the strength of our squad.

“Whoever comes into the team, I’m sure they will do a good job.”

Playing on the artificial pitch at Spain Park is something else which gives Forbes and his players encouragement.

He added: “We absolutely do have a chance.

“If we get a home tie we always have a chance at Spain Park.

“We beat Linlithgow Rose at home in the qualifying round, we beat Huntly at home in the first round.

“The Lowland League is a step above the division we are used to playing and we’ve never played a Lowland League team in the Scottish Cup either.

“That’s a first for us and I believe both teams have never reached the third round, so that will be new for one of the teams.

“The Scottish Cup whets the appetite, the big games in the Scottish Cup are what you look forward to. “On our pitch we will give anyone a game, it’s on the day, if we can start the game properly and get on the front foot, we’ve got a chance.”

Selkirk are fourth in the Lowland League after finishing 15th last campaign and Forbes reckons they will be dangerous opposition for Dee.

He said: “We’ve managed to get a bit of feedback on them. They struggled a wee bit last year and just avoided relegation.

“But they have a new manager (Ian Fergus) and he’s turned things round.

“They’re sitting fourth in the Lowland League just now and if they win their two games in hand I think they go up to second.

“They are obviously a good side, they seem to be a big, strong powerful unit which we expect them to be.

“But it seems like they can play as well.

“It looks like it will be a tough game on Saturday but we’re very much looking forward to it.”

 

KEITH manager Ewan Robb called their Scottish Cup second round tie with Clyde “brilliant”.

The Maroons welcome the Bully Wee to Kynoch Park tomorrow.

Boss Robb is looking forward to the game and believes his side are the underdogs, but that a heavy Kynoch Park pitch could help level the playing field between them and the League Two side.

He said: “It’s brilliant. It was brilliant to get through the first round and get Clyde in the second round. “It’s good that we don’t have to travel.

“I think a lot of their team are used to playing on an artificial pitch, so a wet day at Kynoch Park will be a different ball game.

“We’re under no illusions, they’re a League Two side.

“David Goodwillie plays up front for them so we won’t underestimate their threat. But all the pressure is on them to win. We’re the underdogs, we’ll just go out and enjoy it and see where it takes us.”

Robb believes victory and progression to the third round would give Keith a boost. He added: “It would be amazing to get through.

“Not just for the financial benefits it would bring.

“But just to lift the place.”

 

BUCKIE Thistle boss Graeme Stewart believes their Scottish Cup second round tie is like a final.

The Jags host Lowland League leaders BSC Glasgow at Victoria Park tomorrow.

The chance to reach the third round is one Stewart wants to take.

Last year the Highland League champions were handed a glamour draw against Championship Dunfermline. A win and another plum tie would be well received in Buckie.

Stewart said: “It is a typical cup game, we don’t know much about them, they don’t know much about us. It’s exciting for the fans because they haven’t seen this team before. In a way it’s almost like a cup final for us and it’s exciting for everyone.

“We know how good that (the Dunfermline game) was for the club. “Even though we lost, we had a good crowd and it spurred us on for the rest of the season with winning the league.

“Ideally I’d like to get a weaker team so we can go further in the competition but when you pick up a big team it gives the whole club a boost.”

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