United will ‘go all-out’ for cup win – Anderson
Formartine defender eyeing up opportunity to win trophy
Formartine United defender Jevan Anderson says there is no chance his side will underestimate Deveronvale.
The Pitmedden men will be the favourites to progress when the sides meet in the quarter-finals of the Highland League Cup at North Lodge Park this afternoon.
But Anderson is wary of a Vale side that caused an upset in the previous round of the competition by defeating Fraserburgh 2-1 at Bellslea.
The 18-year-old said: “You have to go all-out in a cup tie so we can’t afford to take Deveronvale lightly because it’s another opportunity to win a cup.
“We will be going into this one with full guns blazing, looking for the win.
“We played them at North Lodge Park a few weeks and won comfortably in the end but it will be a tricky one as they will definitely be up for it. It should be a good cup tie.
“We have picked up a little bit at home recently and we are really looking to make North Lodge a bit of a fortress.”
Vale add midfielders Graeme Watt and Robbie Allan to the travelling squad.
Cove Rangers, beaten 1-0 by Fraserburgh last weekend, are likely to be without top Highland League goalscorer Mitch Megginson for their Balmoral Stadium encounter with Huntly.
Cove boss John Sheran said: “Mitch is suffering from a thigh strain. He is a doubt but he’s always been a quick healer so I wouldn’t rule him out just yet.
“Huntly have improved under Martin Skinner. We had a tough game in the league up there and it took us a long time to get in front as they have some good players.
“When we have a defeat one week we look to bounce back the next so we will be looking for the guys to pick themselves up and get going again after that loss at Fraserburgh.”
Suspended striker Gary McGowan is likely to be the only absentee for Huntly.
In the other quarterfinal, Buckie Thistle are hoping centre-half Kieran Adams is back on-shore in time to face Brora Rangers at Victoria Park.
Jags manager Graeme Stewart said: “We are hoping we’ll get a reaction after our 1-0 defeat to Formartine in the Aberdeenshire Shield on Tuesday. I thought we did really well against United in midweek but we’ve still to beat a top-five club this season. Hopefully that will all change this weekend.” Strathspey Thistle manager Gordy Nicolson knows his side must produce one of their best displays of the season if they are to make it three wins in a row against second-placed Fraserburgh at Seafield Park.
The Jags have moved up to 13th place in the league after following up a 4-2 win against Wick with a
FOCUSED: Jevan Anderson, left, won’t take opponents Deveronvale lightly today
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