Formartine United manager Kris Hunter is looking forward to the challenge of taking on full -time opposition in the Irn-Bru Cup.
The draw for the first round of the competition handed the Pitmedden men a plum tie against Hearts Under-20s at Norh Lodge Park.
Elsewhere, Aberdeen Under-20s will host St Johnstone Under-20s.
Highland League champions Buckie Thistle take on Championship outfit Brechin City at Victoria Park.
Cove Rangers have a trip to League Two Stenhousemuir and Peterhead visit East Fife of League One.
While the Highland League’s final representatives, Brora Rangers, take on League One Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.
This is just the second time that Highland League clubs have been allowed into the tournament and it is also Formartine’s second draw against full-time opposition after being beaten 5-2 by the young Dons in the first round last year.
Looking ahead to the match, which will be played on either Tuesday August 15 or Wednesday, August 16, boss Hunter said: “It’s a good draw for us.
“It’s a good experience for the players to test themselves against full-time players.
“It’s good for the club to have teams like this coming to North Lodge Park.
“Hearts will be a decent outfit I’m sure, because they’re full-time, but it’s good for the club.
“We played their first team in pre-season last year and to play their Under-20s this time will be a good experience for everybody.”
Cove manager John Sheran is pleased to be playing an SPFL side and believes the Granite City side are capable of winning the tie against Stenny.
He said: “In this competition you are hoping to get drawn against a Scottish league team.
“For us the benefit of the competition is being able to test ourselves against SFL opposition.
“The more time we can play league teams the better it is for us because the players gain more experience against them and they are less overawed when the games come around.
“We go into most games believing we can win them. These teams are always good – we played Montrose and Brechin City in cup competitions last year and won one and lost one, so we will certainly believe we can win.”
Commenting on their home tie against Brechin City, Buckie Thistle manager Graeme Stewart said: “We’re delighted to get a home draw.
“It’s a tie against a Championship side and we’ll look to give a good account of ourselves. They are a few divisions higher than us, but they are part-time as well which is a bit of leveller.
“Being at home is the main thing for us. In this competition you can get some tough away games so a home tie was what we were looking for.”