Published: 12/10/2017 13:30 - Updated: 10/10/2017 12:24

Clach aim to be fantastic on plastic in Scottish Cup

Written byPaul Chalk

CLACH boss Iain Polworth insists only the best will do if they want to see of Lowland League opponents Spartans in the William Hill Scottish Cup second round on Saturday.

The Merkinchers, whose Highland League fixture at Fort William was rained off last weekend, gained a well-earned rest after a busy schedule.

This week, they are studying in depth the footage and notes gleaned on Edinburgh club Spartans, who are second in their division and have former Clach footballer Neil MacCuish as a coach.

Spartans moved to within one point of leaders BSC Glasgow on Saturday then they beat Whitehill Welfare 2-0 and Polworth expects nothing other than a tough 90 minutes.

He explained: "We’ve had them watched in their wins against Vale of Leithen and Whitehill Welfare and we will be as prepared as we possibly can be. We have done our homework on them.

"We hope to catch them on an off-day and we will need to be at our best to get through. They are a really strong side and we know we will be up against it, especially with a few boys out."

Spartan’s Ainslie Park has a synthetic surface, which is something that Clach don’t experience in the Highland League.

Yet, earlier in the season plans for North Junior Superleague side Inverness City to strike a ground-share with Clach and use a pitch of that fell by the wayside.

He added: "We will have a bounce game this week on a synthetic surface because it doesn’t play the same as grass and we’re best to use that this week ahead of the tie.

"It is a top quality surface at Spartans and I think more clubs should be looking at its benefits. As well as ourselves, I believe Huntly were looking at it to. The money that generates can really make a difference and you only need to look at how well Spartans are doing as they compete for a place in the SPFL to see what if offers."

Polworth admits his squad are down to the "bare bones" for the weekend, with Paul Smith and Blair Lawrie missing out through work commitments.

Clach return to league action a week on Saturday when Inverurie Locos come calling before they take on Fraserburgh on October 25.

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