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Newburgh Thistle Relishing Scottish Cup Tie

Newburgh Thistle co-manager Jamie Clark believes this weekend’s Scottish Cup tie with Kirkcaldy’s Dysart AFC is the biggest game in the clubs short history.

Clark and fellow co-manager Stephen McPherson took over the Division Two (East) team in 2010 after the Aberdeenshire side merged with Bridge of Don’s Parkway Thistle.

Newly-formed Thistle achieved promotion in their first season last year and sit third in Division Two, their highest ever league position.

Clark reckons the side from Fife will struggle to adapt to the North-East town’s weather conditions.

He said: “If it’s a typical Newburgh day then Dysart are in for a very windy and wet one.

“Obviously the lads would have preferred an away tie but there’s no doubt this will work in our favour.

“It’s great for the community when they see a small team compete against a larger side from the central belt.

“We mean business at the moment and our main objective is to beat them.

“We go into every game expecting to win.”

Dysart AFC lead Fife’s Division One league table after only losing one game this season and Clark admits it will be a stern test for his young squad.

He said: “There are only three small leagues in Fife and Aberdeenshire have six but we will have to play to our full potential when they play us.

“It’s great to see the club doing well and we hope to have new changing facilities in the next couple of months.

“For a newly-formed club, we have done extremely well and I am proud of the boys to get this far in the competition.

Co-manager Stephen McPherson admits his side have managed to attract better players to the club after last season’s promotion.

The 27 year-old, who has played for clubs such as Deveronvale and Formartine United, is relishing his first tie against a team outside the North-East.

He said: ”Since we have been at the club, the lads have all progressed as players.

“Instead of turning up to a game not expecting to win, the boys now have the winning mentality to go on and achieve success.

“If we concede the first goal in a game, the lads immediately push for two and it’s great to see.

“It’s a great feeling to be ahead of local rivals Auchnagatt Barons and Ellon Thistle.

“We have about 30 players signed this season as some work offshore and it seems to be working well so far.

“I can’t wait for the game and hopefully the lads can do themselves, the team and the community proud when we meet Dysart on Saturday.”

Newburgh veteran and longest serving player Leslie Duncan is delighted with the improvement his side have made.

Duncan played for Newburgh F.C for 8 years before they merged with Parkway Thistle and reckons the Division Two side can cause an upset on Saturday.

He said: “I was thrilled when we beat Ellon Thistle this season and it shows how good the guys are when they play well together.

“It’s always good to be involved in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

“When I played for the old Newburgh F.C, we struggled to get boys to play for the team.

“Now, things have changed and it’s great to play for a team who are progressing through the leagues.

“We didn’t expect to make such a strong start to the season but there’s no reason why we can’t gain a second consecutive promotion.”