Scottish Cup preview: Banks o’ Dee aiming to repel Selkirk, Keith up for ‘brilliant’ tie and Buckie treating game like a final


Banks o’ Dee are relishing their chance to make history, according to co-manager Tommy Forbes.

The Junior outfit host Lowland League Selkirk in the Scottish Cup second round at Spain Park tomorrow.

A victory for Dee would see them reach the third round of the national cup for the first time in their history.

Forbes, who is joint-boss alongside Sandy McNaughton, says that everyone involved with the club is relishing the opportunity to reach the third round for the first time ever and he reckons because of what is at stake this is their biggest match this season.

He said: “We do relish it. It was similar last year when we had the chance to progress.

“We beat Golspie in the qualifying round, then beat Keith away in the next round and we took Formartine to a replay.

“But their strengths were just too much for us on the day.

“This team will probably be of similar strength to Formartine.

“But we just think, what a great chance to get the club into the third round.

“It would boost the profile of the Junior league up here as well.

“It is our biggest game of the season.

“The Linlithgow game was a big occasion and then the Huntly game was big, and it gets even bigger with the chance to get into the third round.

“We have a couple of niggling injuries which will hopefully clear up.

“But our success over the last few years has been built on the strength of our squad.

“Whoever comes into the team, I’m sure they will do a good job.”

Playing on the artificial pitch at Spain Park is something else which gives Forbes and his players encouragement.

He added: “We absolutely do have a chance.

“If we get a home tie we always have a chance at Spain Park.

“We beat Linlithgow Rose at home in the qualifying round, we …read more

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