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PREVIEW: Turriff United v Clyde

Clyde kick-off their William Hill Scottish Cup campaign this weekend with a trip north to take on Highland League side Turriff United.

It is the third year in a row that Clyde have faced Highland League opposition and, after The Bully Wee were knocked out by Nairn County two years ago, manager Barry Ferguson is well aware of the challenge his team faces.

Looking ahead to the game, he said: “There are a lot of good Highland League teams and they spend a bit of money as well, so it is always tough going up to places like Turriff.

“The money they can offer is on par with some of the Championship teams but that is not an excuse for us and fair play that they can do things like that. It is going to be tough because there are a lot of good players up there.

“It’s a nice distraction from the league although it is a long, long journey, but that is part and parcel of the early rounds of the cup, I guess.

“We have got to be positive and try to win the game and that is what we will aim to do.”

Ferguson himself is Clyde’s main injury worry ahead of the game, after he was forced to cut his debut short last weekend due to a slight knee injury as he explained: “I have got an injury and I don’t know if I will be ok in time, but we have got a big enough squad anyway. 

“I have tweaked a ligament in my knee – I have done a bit of running but I’ve not done any twisting or turning on it yet so I will need to see how it is.”

Turiff have enjoyed a bright start to the season and sit in fourth place in the league, just five points off top spot, despite being docked three points for fielding an ineligible player at the start of the season.

This week they boosted their squad with the signing of goalkeeper Kevin Main, while former Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie is amongst their playing squad. Their manager, Ross Jack will be well known to the Clyde support after spending five years in charge of Elgin City in League Two.

The tie will take place at Turriff’s home of The Haughs, located at the South end of the town and which has a capacity of 2,135. It previously hosted Greenock Morton in the same competition in 2012.

In the event of the match ending in a draw, a replay will take place at Broadwood on Saturday 11th October (1pm).