SAUCHIE JUNIORS will make history this weekend as they take part in the Scottish Cup for the first time, but gaffer Fraser Duncan insists the club are not just there to make up the numbers.

The club travel to Bellslea Park this Saturday, September 19 to face Fraserburgh in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

Sauchie received a bye into the first round and so history will be made this weekend. However, Duncan said the club are looking to win and progress to the next round.

He said: "We've been putting points on the table and a good result on Saturday to beat Hill of Beath in the cup.

"The big thing is we're finally clicking and getting there and it sets us up nicely for this week which is a tough away game.

"It's a huge, huge game – the club's very first game in the Scottish Cup. It's a great, great thing to be a part of. It would have been great if it was at home, at Beechwood, but being away we've just got to go and do our best.

"It's great for the club but we want to do well, we don't just want to go and make the numbers up. I think we're underdogs, they're top of their league which makes it difficult for us but you never know and we've got to go and see how it goes.

"It's a win-win for the club but let's go and give them a fright."

Duncan continued: "We want to progress as far as we possibly can, progressing in the Scottish Cup is a massive help for the club financially, it gets our name on the map and the further we go the more we'll get recognised. It's an opportunity for the boys to go out and show what they can do."

Sauchie defeated Hill of Beath 2-1 on Saturday in the South Challenge Cup despite struggling with players missing.

Duncan said: "The boys have been hit hard with illness, a couple of boys isolating and injuries as well. We went into the game on Saturday with a deplated squad, we had to make it up with our 20s squad."

Unfortunately the club received the sad news on Saturday that George Graham, a long-time associate and fan of the club, passed away.

Fraser said: "George was at the club every day giving us his banter and his patter and he passed away on Saturday morning. A lot of the guys were close with George and he'll be sadly missed by everyone.

"The boys have said they'll go and fight hard for George next week."

The club also announced the departure of Terry Hewitt, who has joined Gartcairn, and Duncan thanked Hewitt for all he's done for the club.

Duncan said: "He's been a great servant to the club. He's been great with the club, he's been brilliant, great attitude. Everything we've asked him to do, he's done. Good luck to him and best wishes."