Cove have the full dossier on Bairns in bid to make history

Assistant Manager Graeme Mathieson.

Cove Rangers assistant manager Graeme Mathieson insists the Highland League leaders have left no stone unturned as they bid to create a Scottish Cup shock on Saturday.

Championship club Falkirk, managed by former Aberdeen captain Paul Hartley, make the trip to Harlaw Park, Inverurie, as the two clubs go head-to-head for a place in Sunday’s quarter-final draw.

Mathieson believes his side will be well prepared on what to expect from the Bairns. He said: “Our player-coach, Roy McBain, watched Falkirk last weekend when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Livingston and we also had a much-changed Falkirk side watched in their 3-1 home win against Brechin City on Tuesday.

“They have a lot of good players. They are full-time professionals who are obviously very sharp and fit. It is a big ask for us but we can’t be worrying too much about them. We have to concentrate on what we can do and go out to try and win the game.

“They have paid us the compliment of coming to watch us beat Formartine in the previous round last Tuesday, so they also know a wee bit about ourselves.

“We have a really good record at the Harlaw Park ground.

“Harlaw has been our main home ground in the past couple of seasons and we will try to continue that record on Saturday.

“Falkirk are used to playing on their synthetic pitch, so they might find our pitch a leveller just as Rangers players found at Bellslea last Wednesday. It might be a bit bobbly and that will help us.”

Cove and Brora Rangers are bidding to become the first Highland League teams to reach the quarter-finals of the national competition since Elgin City 50 years ago.

Mathieson added: “It really would be amazing but to get to this stage of the competition is pretty impressive in itself.

“I think that shows how far the Highland League has progressed.

“We’ve got better players and managers with a better knowledge of the game and the whole infrastructure of the clubs has led to a more professional approach.

“It shows just how far we have come.”