Cup glory beckoning for Rob Roy ... if they can go the distance

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ON-fire Kirkintilloch Rob Roy are determined to beat the soggy weather conditions and go for cup glory this weekend.

But first they have to get to their opponents.

Rabs have a Scottish Cup tie against Burghead Thistle this Saturday - a match it will take longer to get to than to play.

Lindsay said: It’s about eight miles outside Elgin so it’s about as far as you’ll ever have to go to play a game of football in Scotland. We’ve been fundraising for the cash to make the journey.

“We are going there in good form but you just never know - in cup competitions it very much just comes down to what happens on the day.”

The manager hopes the recent signing of Glenafton Athletic defender Robbie Henderson will shore up Rabs’ occasionally leaky defence and keep their run going.

Lindsay said: He’s a hugely experienced defender and at the end of the day it’s often your defence that wins you a game.

“Hopefully it’ll strengthen us in that area and we’ll let in less goals.”

He added: “We’re doing well at the moment and results in the league went in our favour over the weekend. People are really starting to talk about us and what we can do this season. That’s great but it’s still early days and we’ll have to see where we are come Christmas.”

Rob Roy take on Burghead Thistle this Saturday at Forest Park. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s 3-2 win over Thorniewood in the West of Scotland cup tie delighted the gaffer.

Lindsay said: “It was a fantastic result - particularly because we had to completely change the way we usually play because of the conditions.

“The pitch was doubtful after all the rain, but both teams did well to make a match of it. In the second half our fitness really showed. To be fair to Thorniewood they came out strong in the first half and gave it a really good shot, but in the second 45 minutes you could see their wheels coming off while we just got stronger and stronger.”

He added: “I’m very glad we took all the friendly games in recent weeks as it really showed in our performance.

“It’s important to stay in the cups for as long as possible, particularly because we went out early last year. Every round now will be a bit of a bonus and a wee run would be great for the fans.”

A series of draws in the league at the weekend strengthened Rob Roy’s position, but Lindsay will need to wait at least another week to try and take advantage of the other teams’ dropped points.

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