Carnoustie boss tells players to give their all ahead of crunch Scottish Cup tie with Auchinleck Talbot

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The Gowfers welcome holders Auchinleck Talbot to Laing Park on Saturday with a place in the quarter-finals of Junior football’s premier cup competition on the table.

McSkimming knows the weight of the task in front of his charges but says so long as they give their all, he will be beaming with pride at full-time regardless of the result.

He said: “We’ve had them watched and we’ve had some reports from people out in the west who watch them regularly. We’ve got information and we know roughly how they’ll set up and what they’re going to do.

“The task is going to be to stop them because they’re a formidable force and a top side. We need to make sure that with the information we’ve got, we use it to our best and see what we can do against them. But there’s nothing to fear, it’s a one-off game. We’re Super League and they’re Super League.

“Obviously they’re the holders and it’s all on the table. It’s going to come down to who wants it the most and who makes the fewest mistakes. We’ve not played since the last week in November which is a long time.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to play one of the giants of Junior football. We’re expecting a big crowd. We know we play well at home and we’re confident.

“We know what we’re capable of, if we get an opportunity we’ll try and take it. We just have to make sure that defensively we stand up and be strong.

“These are the reasons we’re involved in football. You want the biggest teams in the latter stages of cup competitions and this is where we are.

“We’ve got through to the last 16 which is a great achievement in itself, and we now have the carrot of getting into the quarter-finals. But to get there we’re going to have knock out the holders. It’s going to be difficult, it won’t all go our own way, but we’re confident and we have positives to take into the game.

“We’ll give everything, we’ll put everything into the game and if we do that, we can come off the pitch proud at 90 minutes. I know it’ll be a close game if we do that. We’ve got a full squad, everyone is fit.”

The Gowfers were knocked out of the East of Scotland Cup 1-0 by Broxburn Athletic on Saturday and while the result was disappointing, the boss was chuffed with the performance of his players.

He said: “It wasn’t the deserved result. As much as the result was disappointing, we were not disappointed with the performance. We expected the game to be very closely contested and it was.

“The first half was fairly even and both sides created a couple of chances. Then in the second half we dominated. We just lacked a wee bit of a killer instinct in front of goal and perhaps that’s just down to a lack of game time.

“The performance was there and if you’re going to take a defeat, do it in that manner.”