Published: 05/04/2014 06:00 - Updated: 04/04/2014 11:24

Hake feels his men can power into semis

Written byCraig Christie

HARD work, a good attitude and a clinical edge can help fire Buckie Thistle into the League Cup semis, says boss Gary Hake.

Buckie Thistle boss Gary Hake
Buckie Thistle boss Gary Hake

The manager is calling on his team to show the same spirit at Forres on Saturday that helped them claw back for a 2-2 draw against Clach from a seemingly impossible position last weekend.

Jags will be underdogs in this week’s quarter-final, away to a Mechanics side on the crest of a wave after eight straight victories.

But Hake feels his men have the physical power and the quality to upset the Cans, and is eager for his team to go one better than last season when they were unlucky to fall at the same hurdle of the competition.

“We did beat Forres through there (2-0 in league) this season when they were going through a wee bad spell. But Charlie (Rowley) has obviously turned things round, and they are probably winning more games than most just now.

“They are a strong side and it will be a tough game. But in the same breath we have big powerful players at set plays, so it will be an interesting game.

“If the players give me the same level of effort and commitment as they did on Saturday, we have a great chance. Hopefully we can just add a wee bit more quality in the final third and if we keep it tight at the back, we’re in with a shout.”

Full story and all the build up to the Highland League Cup quarter-finals in the Northern Scot print version.
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