Published: 13/10/2017 10:00 - Updated: 12/10/2017 15:27

Clach aim to cause Scottish Cup shock at Spartans

Written byKenny MacDonald

 

Clach assistant manager Brian Macleod.
Clach assistant manager Brian Macleod.

CLACH face a treble hell ahead of their William Hill Scottish Cup clash at Spartans.

They have a depleted squad, tackle an in-form side on a ‘foreign’ plastic pitch and all without match practice.

But Clach number two Brian Macleod insists the Merkinchers still have quality players in their side to produce the goods on the day in their second round tie in Edinburgh.

"We have an 18-man squad and we’re travelling down on Friday to stay overnight for the game and will prepare the best we can," he explained.

"Despite the squad being down in numbers, we still have quality in the team and players who can hurt them."

Macleod took part in one of the spying trips down south to study Spartans in action against Vale of Leithen when they won 5-0 last midweek.

And the club also had Spartans watched in their 2-0 triumph over Whitehill Welfare at the weekend.

The Edinburgh side have racked up an impressive six wins on the trot in league and Scottish Cup matches, firing 15 goals in the process, while Clach were kicking their heels last weekend as their league game at Fort William was off due to a waterlogged Claggan Park pitch.

Clach coaching staff have been studying footage and Macleod’s notes on Spartans ahead of this weekend’s encounter.

Macleod said: "We have done our homework on them, but no matter how much information you get, it is all about who turns up on the day.

"We have been in good form lately and it was so disappointing to have the game against Fort William called off because we wanted to keep that momentum going. We have also been scoring a lot of goals and there is confidence in the team, so we will see how it goes.

"They are a good side, Spartans, but if we can perform to the level we’re capable of then we’ve got a chance."

Manager Iain Polworth fixed up a bounce match on an artificial surface to acclimatise his squad to the perils of a plastic pitch.

There are no similar playing fields in the Highland League and Macleod remarked: "We played Inverness City in a bounce match to get a feel for a game on that kind of surface.

"It is totally different and the bounce of the ball is different.

"We train on it, but a game is a lot different from training."

The Lilywhites could miss Paul Smith and Blair Lawrie through work commitments.

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