Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine is expecting Auchinleck Talbot “to throw the kitchen sink” at his side as they clash at Meadowbank tomorrow.
Jardine’s men are top of the Lowland League, but face a stern test against the Junior football cracks from Ayrshire in the William Hill Scottish Cup.
“It’s a massive game, but it’s one that we’ll go and enjoy,” said Jardine of the second-round encounter. “The last few games, we’ve come up against teams that have shown us respect and sat in and made it difficult for us, but we know for sure that Auchinleck are not going to do that. They’re going to throw the kitchen sink at us and that’ll give us an opportunity to make the park bigger and play.”
Jardine has been without several first-team players in recent weeks due to injury, suspension and family commitments, but City will be close to full strength for Saturday’s encounter.
He added: “Ross Allum is available, Joe Mbu is available as are one or two others, so we’re looking forward to it.”
The last time Talbot were in the Capital on cup duty was January 2012 as they lost 1-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle. Their hosts went on to lift the trophy.
“I wouldn’t take that [Hearts’ cup win] as an omen,” laughed Jardine. “I think when teams draw Auchinleck, certainly in the Junior Cup, there’s maybe a bit of fear, but for us it’ll just be excitement, as when we played Shotts and Irvine Meadow.”
• Under-18s will not be allowed entry to the match unless accompanied by an adult.