They may be an unknown for followers of football in the north of Scotland but Inverurie Locos manager Andy Low insists Scottish Cup opponents Broxburn Athletic cannot be underestimated.
Broxburn make the trip to Harlaw Park on Saturday in the third round of the competition and Low has been doing his homework to ensure his side is fully prepared for the threat of the visitors.
He said: “I went to watch them after they had beaten Cowdenbeath in their replay in the last round and I saw them beat Newtongrange Star 5-1.
“It was clear they are a good side and it was no surprise after watching them win comfortably to see how they had managed to beat Cowdenbeath.
“It will be a tough game as all matches against clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow tend to be.
“The teams down there have a big catchment area to scout for players and they have good footballers in their ranks but we are looking forward to it.”
The performances of fellow East of Scotland League club Linlithgow Rose against Highland League opposition in the competition has not gone unnoticed by Low and he knows Broxburn will carry a similar threat.
He said: “Linlithgow beat Huntly in the first round and Broxburn are of the same standard as Linlithgow. We know they are a very capable team.
“But our guys are playing well at the moment and we are looking forward to the opportunity to test ourselves against a team from a different league.When the draw was made the one thing we hoped for was home advantage and we’ve been lucky to get that. But it is never easy in the Scottish Cup and as we navigate each round we know it is getting tougher.”