It’s Huntly for Lok – Murdie’s thoughts on live TV clash

Following the win against Girvan on Saturday, Pollok have been drawn at home to Highland League side Huntly in the 1st Round of the Scottish Cup. Due to being at Tier 5 of the pyramid, Highland sides get a bye into the first round so the Aberdeenshire men did not have a tie themselves at the weekend.

Huntly are a big name from the Highland League and enjoyed a number of Scottish Cup runs in the past, though they have found themselves in the lower reaches of the division more often than not in recent times. Managed by Allan Hale since June 2020, the ‘Black and Golds’ have a youthful squad, with only three players over the age of 30. Six of the squad have Scottish Football League appearances with clubs such as Elgin City, Peterhead, Forfar Athletic and Montrose. This season’s results have been mixed, with league defeats to Turriff United, Clachnacuddin, Banks o’ Dee, Forres Mechanics and Formartine, a draw against Rothes and more positively a win last weekend at home to Deveronvale. They have also won Aberdeenshire Cup ties versus Keith and Aberdeen’s youth side.

Speaking to the website, manager Murdo MacKinnon said:

“It’s a really exciting cup draw. Huntly are a name that is well known to many in the Scottish Cup. They have a great history in the competition.”

“We look forward to welcoming them to Newlandsfield for what will be a wonderful occasion for both clubs.”

“As always, they will have our full respect and we will ensure that our homework is done before we meet. Until then our focus remains firmly on the next two games against Beith and Clydebank.”

The tie takes place on Friday 16th September, kick off 7.45pm and will be live on the BBC, Lok’s first tv exposure since the Junior Cup Final versus Beith in 2016.