Linlithgow boss orders team to focus on Fraserburgh

Danny Smith. Picture: Alan Murray

Danny Smith. Picture: Alan Murray

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Linlithgow Rose boss Danny Smith is well aware of the capabilities of their William Hill Scottish Cup first-round opponents Fraserburgh, but believes his side can cause the Highland League men problems themselves.

Rose set off to the Aberdeenshire town tomorrow morning, with an early start for the three-and-a-half hour trip north.

Smith, along with assistant Alan Moffat, have done their homework on the Broch, who sit fifth in the Highland League after eight games.

“They are a very direct team,” said Smith. “They have three very good strikers and it will be a very hard game, but if we can play to our capabilities we’ll be able to cause them problems as well.

“I think it’s important that we know what they’re good at, but you‘ve also got to have enough belief in your own players to cause them problems.” With Rose No.1 Scott Christie still out injured, Smith faces a race against time to bring another goalkeeper in, otherwise under-17 goalkeeper Kieran Kennedy will take a place on the bench.

“I am currently trying to sign someone to help us out so I have a goalkeeper on the bench,” said Smith. “If we can’t get anyone, we’ve got a young lad from the under 17s who has been on the bench recently.

Defender John Ovenstone is still out but Smith has no other injury worries after last weekend’s 9-0 East of Scotland Cup rout of Kirkcaldy YM.