Penicuik won’t be taking Spey Valley lightly

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With the Super League title out of reach, Penicuik Athletic boss Craig Meikle is targeting success in the cup competitions.

Fifth-place Cuikie are scheduled to host newly-formed north outfit Spey Valley tomorrow in the Junior Cup fourth round for the right to host either Arthurlie or Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the last 16.

Spey waived home advantage after the match was postponed because of bad weather on three occasions, and Meikle believes it says a lot for their opponents. He said: “As a manager, I wouldn’t be surrendering home advantage as easily as Spey have done, so it says a huge amount for them to do that and come down here. We had suggested we’d meet them half way, but they said they would rather come to us. It’s brilliant that they are prepared to do that.”

The North First Division West side were only granted permission to join the Juniors this season and, with their newcomer status, Meikle admits it’s a draw many clubs would’ve wished for. But he won’t be fielding a weakened side. “It was probably the draw that everyone was wanting in the Scottish as the northern teams are normally a bit weaker, but I’ve seen many shocks over the years, so it’s not a game that we’ll be taking lightly. I won’t be venturing too far away from what I would envisage to be my strongest starting 11.”