United will ‘go all-out’ for cup win – An­der­son

For­mar­tine de­fender eyeing up op­por­tu­nity to win tro­phy

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY DAVE EDWARDS

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

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