HISTORY BOYS?

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ramage

Wishaw Ju­niors stand on the edge of history as they pre­pare for a cup clash that could see them reach the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup fi­nal.

Af­ter a stun­ning win over Kirk­in­til­loch Rob Roy in the quar­ter- fi­nals – and an as­ton­ish­ing run to that stage which saw nu­mer­ous post­pone­ments – Wishaw will take on Hurl­ford United over two legs with the chance to write a new chap­ter in the club’s history.

Hav­ing mas­ter­minded the club to this point, man­ager Derek Holmes is plead­ing with his play­ers to stay cool un­der the pres­sure and ex­press them­selves at the Beltane on Satur­day.

“This is one of the big­gest games the club has ever been in­volved in,” the for­mer Hearts striker said.

“We all know this is a very big game and a very dif­fi­cult one but we must look for­ward to it and en­joy it.

“We have noth­ing to fear. The way we’ve been play­ing, es­pe­cially against Rob Roy,

shows that we can beat any­one on our day and the con­fi­dence is ab­so­lutely sky high.

“This will be the big­gest day of their ca­reers and is the big­gest of my man­age­rial ca­reer so far.

“We be­lieve we can win and I know that Hendo ( Hurl­ford’s man­ager) will not be tak­ing us lightly.”

Holmes has ex­pe­ri­enced big game pres­sure be­fore, with the for­mer Hearts striker tast­ing Euro­pean foot­ball when turn­ing out for the Jam­bos when they played in the UEFA Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup against Real Mal­lorca.

He is hop­ing he will be able to keep his play­ers calm when the whis­tle goes and they take on a side two di­vi­sions above them in the ju­nior struc­ture.

He said: “There’ll be nerves but my big­gest ad­vice will be ‘do not let this pass you by’.

“I’ve played in big games be­fore my­self and you have to en­joy it. This is what foot­ball is all about.”

Af­ter a bumper crowd ar­rived for the quar­ter-fi­nal, Holmes is hop­ing the Wishy faith­ful turn out in num­bers again to back the side.

As­sis­tant man­ager Brian Craw­ford added: “The crowd can make a dif­fer­ence so hope­fully the town will be be­hind us.

“The crowd can give the boys a lift and these are the type of boys who thrive on that.”

Wishaw last reached the semi-fi­nal of the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup in 1935.

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