Current East Super League champions Bonnyrigg Rose take on the current West Super league leaders Kirkintilloch Rob Roy this weekend.
New Dundas Park is the venue for the quarter-final tie of the Scottish Junior Cup, kick off 2.30pm, and a big crowd is expected for what is the cup’s ‘match of the day’ .
Opponents Rob Roy have already beaten East Region sides in the cup this season, knocking outMusselburgh and Penicuik en route to a last eight place.
And Rose boss Robbie Horn knows his West counterparts will be no pushovers, as they have lost only twice in 22 competitive matches so far this season.
Rose boss Horn said: ‘‘This is massive tie for us, it will be a difficult tie as they are not sitting at the top of the West Super League for no reason, however, we have home advantage and that is a big factor to play in front of our own supporters.
Horn is well aware of his opponent’s credentials, adding they have good players in the forward and midfield areas but he doesn’t think they will spring any surprises that he is not already aware off.
He added: ‘‘ It will be a real test of our character to get a result but I believe we have the players who will be able to expose faults in their side.
‘‘West teams seem to think East sides are weaker but we will take the same mentality as we did in the senior Scottish Cup into this match and prove them wrong.’’
Horn added that the team’s run in both Scottish Cups this season has meant that the club will face a backlog of games, possibly three games a week once the midweek fixtures begin.
And with seven games behind league leaders Kelty and two cups, the Fife and Lothians and East of Scotland, still to compete for, Horn added he would not have it any other way saying: ‘‘It will be a busy end to our season but our players want to win everything possible.’’
And with another three points against Lochee last weekend, the Rose continued to put pressure on league leaders Kelty .
The East region’s other Rose, Linlithgow, made it to the last eight when they beat Maryhill in their fifth round tie. They now meet Gartcairn in their quarter-final tie.