Preston Athletic go into tomorrow’s King Cup semi-final against Berwick Rangers Reserves with manager David Bingham adamant that his players will have “all guns blazing and going for a cup final place.”
Preston suffered their first defeat in eight games in midweek when they lost 4-1 to Gretna 2008 and Bingham admitted: “I cannot think of any game this season that we have gifted four goals by defending like schoolboys.
“I want to see a reaction and there will need to be because this is a semi-final and if we need motivation for such a game there is something wrong with us.
“Berwick will have been rubbing their hands watching our performance on Tuesday night, but you don’t suddenly become a bad side. Our players’ minds are focused and they are prepared to graft like they have never grafted before.”
Bingham has Dale O’Hara, Mark Cherrie and Gary McCormack all available after missing out in midweek while substitutes Brian Foster, Mark Stewart and Chris Inglis also come into contention.
Mark Lamb, the Berwick manager, said: “I have watched Preston three times now and David has them well organised, well drilled and fit. It will be a tough game for us because they are physical and can play football. We have young lads who have no fear and will go out and express themselves.
“Hopefully they will do well for themselves and the club. We will be underdogs in what will be a tough game, although we are a team with pace all over the park and we will give it our best shot.”