FRASER DUNCAN has urged the community of Sauchie to get behind his team as they prepare to take on Ayrshire giants Hurlford in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

A win would see the Beechwood Park side match last season’s historic achievement of a place in the quarter-finals.

And the manager says a bumper crowd can help spur his players on to a famous victory.

He told the Advertiser: “We want to try and get as big a crowd in as we possibly can. I know they will bring a few bodies up with them so we are looking forward to that.

“Every single bit of support we get helps, not just financially. If the lads see a big crowd it will help them lift their game.

"If we were going down to Hurlford they would be out in their droves to make it intimidating.

"There’s not the same drive behind junior football up here, but it would be good to see that on Saturday. It would definitely give us an advantage.”

Duncan admitted that Sauchie are huge underdogs against the 2013-14 champions, but reckons being written off will only motivate his squad.

He added: “You don’t get any second chances in games like this so we can’t afford to not show up.

"Hurlford are renowned for their Scottish Cup antics and they’ve got a good record. They are a good side.

"The Ayrshire teams are always tough but them having to come to us will give us a bit of an advantage.

“We are underdogs and that’s a good thing. That’s the kind of situation we like to find ourselves in so we’ll just quietly prepare and see what Saturday brings.”

The manager believes the clash is Sauchie’s most important game of the season so far and insisted that the club will be pulling out all the stops to make it a day to remember in the Wee County.

Duncan insisted: “It’s a massive game, probably the biggest of the season so far. The players know that and this week is all about preparing ourselves and making sure we are ready to go on Saturday. We have lots to prepare for and we need to get it right.

“It’s a big week for the club and a big week for the players, and we have got to focus on exactly how it’s going to go.

"Regardless of how bad the weather is this week we have to approach it as if the game is going to go ahead.”