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Inverurie’s Burnett eyes redemption ahead of Scottish Cup tie with Broxburn

Loco's Sam Burnett, right.
Picture by Chris Sumner
Loco's Sam Burnett, right. Picture by Chris Sumner

Inverurie Locos midfielder Sam Burnett is confident his side can make amends for last week’s Highland League Cup exit by reaching the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

The Harlaw Park side were beaten 1-0 by Formartine United on Saturday at North Lodge Park with Graeme Rodger’s stunning strike earning Paul Lawson’s men a place in the last eight of the Highland League Cup.

Locos return to cup football this weekend with East of Scotland Premier league side Broxburn Athletic visiting Harlaw Park in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

It is the final round of the national competition before Scottish football’s big teams enter and Burnett would love Inverurie to be in the hat when the draw for the last 32 is made on Sunday night.

He said: “We can’t be too downhearted. We have to pick ourselves up and make sure we prepare properly for Saturday.

“It is a big match against a decent team. We have home advantage so hopefully we get a good turnout.

“If we play the way we have been recently then we are good enough to get to the next round.”

Burnett is on a season-long loan at Locos from League 2 side Cove Rangers.

Sam Burnett in action for Cove Rangers.

The 21-year-old midfielder missed much of last season due to a knee injury but is back enjoying being in the thick of the action.

It has been a period of transition at Harlaw Park after Neil Cooper was replaced by Andy Low but Burnett has been encouraged by recent displays. He said: “I have been enjoying my time at the club. We were on a really good run before Saturday’s Highland League Cup defeat against Formartine.

“That made it even harder to take, especially as we went to North Lodge Park a fortnight earlier and won. The Formartine game was disappointing.

“It wasn’t the best of games to watch or be involved in as the teams cancelled each other out. Unfortunately from our perspective, the one bit of magic was the goal from Graeme Rodger. We created a few chances but if you don’t take them then you get punished.”

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