Peterhead boss Jim McInally today challenged his players to come out on top in the north derby to secure Betfred group qualification.
The Blue Toon host Elgin City on a high in Group B following a superb 2-1 win over Premiership side Hearts.
Peterhead are level on six points with the Jambos in second with Dunfermline topping the group on eight points.
McInally said: “Beating Hearts was a fantastic result and after that we now have a chance of going through if we can beat Elgin, which would be tough.
“It would be a great achievement if we could go through for the second season in a row but we have a lot of tired bodies.
“I am just glad that Elgin also played on the same night as us, so that is half the battle.”
Such is the fatigue within the Blue Toon camp McInally was set to make an appeal to chairman Rodger Morrison to stump up for a holiday for south-based players to save them a long haul on the day of the tie.
He said: “The geography with some of our players, like Willie Gibson and Greg Fleming who are from Dumfries, means I might have to go and speak nicely to the club chairman to see if we can get them up tonight.”
Peterhead left Premiership Hearts reeling with the 2-1 win and McInally revealed the lack of respect given to his side fired them up to get that memorable win.
He said: “Everybody had written us off and you get annoyed because you don’t get respected at our level.
“I read all the stuff in the papers about Hearts today and even their manager never mentioned Peterhead or that we can cause them any problems. I told the players to try to come out of this game with people talking about us and to let Hearts know they have been in a game.
“Hearts knew they had been in a game.”