Scottish Cup: Preston head for Huntly

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Preston Athletic boss David Bingham has braced his resurgent side for a formidable test as they make the long journey north to face Highland League side Huntly in the William Hill Scottish Cup first round.

The Pennypit outfit have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in recent weeks after a difficult start to their Lowland League campaign, with four consecutive wins hoisting them up to fourth position in the table.

Bingham is hoping his players take heart from their recent form as they head to Christie Park. He said: “In the last four games we’ve only conceded three goals, and I think that is all down to confidence. A lot of the players are new to this level but they’re learning quickly. The belief has come through winning games, but Saturday will be a completely different ball game.

“We know very little about Huntly and the Highland League is a lot stronger league than ours, so we know it will be a very tough match. It’s one we’re looking forward to.”