SAUCHIE'S Ryan Millar feels the hammering of St Andrew's United last weekend was the perfect preparation for their huge Scottish Cup quarter-final this Saturday.
The forward twice as the title favourites geared up for their last-eight clash with Glenafton Athletic in style.
And Millar says the squad will go into Saturday’s game full of confidence as a result.
He told Advertiser Sport: “It’s been a frustrating time for the club with so many games being called off but we responded to that perfectly on Saturday.
"It was a great performance and a valuable three points. That is always what comes first but I am delighted to get on the scoresheet again as well.
"It’s a bit frustrating for me that I didn’t get my hat-trick but I can’t be unhappy with two."
He added: “We wanted to get at least one competitive game in before Saturday and to be honest a result like that sets us up perfectly.
"A performance like that will always fill a team with confidence and the boys will be buzzing for the game.”
Millar reckons this weekend will be one of the most important in Sauchie’s history and says it would mean so much to help his side better their best-ever Scottish Cup run.
He said: “It has got to be up there with the biggest games in the club’s history. This is as far as we have gone in the competition since Fraser took over and we have the chance to go further than the club has ever gone before.
"The Scottish Cup is the holy grail in Junior football. The calibre of teams in it is immense and everyone wants to win it.
"Glenafton are one of those teams and we are the underdogs but we will go down there and give our best.”
Though not thought to be favourites for the tie, Sauchie’s top scorer revealed they would take inspiration from the last round after they were written off before their victory over Renfrew FC and says they have every chance of causing another upset.
Millar added: “We are seen as one of the weaker teams in the last eight but it was the same in the last round and we found a way through, so we are hopeful of doing the same again.
"We are certainly not giving up hope and to be honest I think we can go there full of confidence. You never know what can happen in cup football.
"It’s so unpredictable, but if we play as well as we know we can we have a chance. We have to believe that and hope for the best.”