Penicuik Athletic boss Craig Meikle has urged his players to give their all to ensure they reach the last four of the Fife and Lothians Cup.
The Cuikie host fellow Super League outfit St Andrews tomorrow with a semi-final spot away to Kelty Hearts at stake. With their league challenge having petered out, the local cup remains their only chance of silverware success.
Meikle is hopeful his side can swat aside the challenge of bottom club St Andrews so they can exact revenge against a Kelty side who knocked four past them last month.
“It gives us a chance to maybe get a bit of revenge after the disappointing performance we put in when we got beat off them a couple of weeks back,” said Meikle.
“The Fife and Lothians is a big cup, you don’t get many chances to win trophies in the Juniors. I’ve been lucky enough to win it, so have a couple of the boys in the dressing-room. They are all up for it, you’ve just got to make sure you get a wee bit run of the green on the day.
“We’re trying to put everything into this final cup that we’re in, we’ll be giving it our all to progress to the next round.”
Penicuik were at the summit of the top flight back in October, but they’ve since dropped down to eighth in the table.
Meikle insists progress can still be made by beating last season’s points total in what was Penicuik’s promotion year following their Premier League triumph.
He added: “It seems like it’s been a bad season, but to be honest, it will probably still end up being a progressive season where we are going to end up finishing with more points than we had last year. We finished with 40 points last year and I’m confident we will beat that.
“The club is still progressing in the right direction. When you look at teams like St Andrews, Tayport and Fauldhouse – all teams that have been promoted in the last couple of years – like ourselves – they have all really struggled and we’ve managed to go and compete in the league. I think it speaks a lot about where the club is going.”
Elsewhere, managerless Newtongrange Star host Premier League leaders Dundonald Bluebell in the quarter-finals of the East of Scotland Cup.