BUCKIE Thistle boss Graeme Stewart will challenge his players to show the real Jags as they bid to spring a league cup shock on Formartine United at Victoria Park on Saturday.
They were thumped 10-3 by Saturday’s opponents at Pitmedden on December 28 in their worst result of the season.
However, they have bounced back in style with convincing wins over Fort William and Strathspey Thistle which saw them hit 13 goals.
Stewart admits Buckie have struggled so far this season against the so-called bigger teams in the league and Saturday would be the perfect time to show their true potential in the first round of the Breedon Aggregates-sponsored competition.
Stewart said: “Hopefully we can put in a good performance and take something from the game.
“Our last game against Strathspey was probably our best performance of the season.
“We have added three players to the squad in Craig Dorrat, Ross Salmon and Scott Adams since we lost 10-3 at Formartine and they will make a big difference on Saturday.”
Buckie pushed Formartine all the way at home in the league in September, just losing 2-1, so a similar performance would be a real boost and give them hope of progressing to the quarter-finals.
The only injury worries ahead of Saturday’s game are Iain Macrae and Lewis Mackinnon, who have both been struggling with hamstring injuries.