Shotts Bon Accord
FEAR of the unknown will focus minds this weekend when Shotts Bon Accord travel to Kinnoul in the last 16 of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.
In 2009, Shotts needed a replay to beat the Perth side 3-0 in the second round of the tournament.
However, skipper John Boyack expects Kinnoul to be a much-changed outfit this time around.
He also admitted to being pleased with the draw after avoiding the big guns like Auchinleck Talbot, Irvine Meadow and Arthurlie.
“I heard the draw on the radio and was quite pleased with the outcome,” Boyack said this week.
“Without doing Kinnoul a disservice, looking at it, we could have got a much harder draw.
“Auchinleck Talbot and Arthurlie are still in the hat and there are other teams who many would consider favourites over us.
“But it can often be a good thing to play a side you don’t really know much about and we will have to go in playing at our very best.
“I expect we will be slight favourites but hopefully we can get through.”
The tie at Tulloch Park will be Bon Accord’s 12th appearance in the last 16.
In previous years they have beaten Sunnybank, Kilbirnie, Lanark, Bo’ness and Carnoustie at this stage and lost to Linlithgow, Darvel, Hill o’ Beath, Arthurlie, Carnoustie and Bathgate.
They lifted the cup in season 1957/58 and Boyack is excited at the prospect of potentially being just two matches away from junior football’s showpiece occasion.
He said: “In recent seasons, when we have got to the last 16, we have played sides like Hill o’ Beath who have been too good.
“This is a good opportunity for us to progress and everyone is really looking forward to it.
“I am sure most people looking at it will expect us to win the game.
“That can bring its own pressure but we will be up for it.”
He added: “Kinnoul beat Lanark 4-0 in the last round, which is a decent result, so there will be no complacency on our part.”
Saturday’s fifth-round clash at Tulloch Park will kick off at 2.15pm.
Last weekend’s West Superleague First Division clash between Cumbernauld United and Shotts Bon Accord was postponed.