Banffshire Advertiser MastheadA BREATH of fresh Ayr could be the key to Buckie Thistle’s hopes of springing a Scottish Cup shock on Stranraer.

Manager Graeme Stewart will base his troops in the seaside town on Friday night ahead of the trip to Stair Park on Saturday morning.

And Stewart hopes the overnight stay will act like a cup bonding session and give his players, who only train together once a week, the chance to really immerse themselves in the cup atmosphere.

Few outside of the Jags camp will give them any hope of upsetting the SPFL League One side.

However, Stewart said: “On paper we shouldn’t get a result but it doesn’t always work out like that. We believe we have a good team and having belief in themselves is the key for the players.

“We will have a great support at Stranraer and if we are on top of our game and they have an off day you never know.”

Stewart watched Stranraer against Peterhead recently and has had them watched on two other occasions.

“They are a very tall team and we are quite a short team, so avoiding giving away free kicks and corner kicks will be important.”

Buckie have pace in their team with the likes of Kevin Fraser a real danger man. The Jags have a number of special weapons up their sleeves at set pieces of their own, particularly corners.

Lewis Mackinnon fired a double – including a terrific volleyed goal from a corner – in a 4-1 win over Keith last Saturday that ended a run of four HFL games without a win.

Mackinnon could be a key figure at both ends of the pitch against Stranraer but after two red cards already this season, Stewart will remind his player-assistant of the need to remain on the pitch for 90 minutes.

After playing two strikers against Keith, Stewart was pleased to see both of them – the veteran Dennis Wyness and teenager Kai Ross – get on the scoresheet.

Stewart believes that Wyness’s SPL experience will stand him and the team in good stead at Stair Park

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