Things don’t get much tougher for junior football clubs than a trip to the Lothians to face Super League leaders Bonnyrigg Rose.
But that’s exactly the task facing St Andrews United this week as they face a Rose side which has lost just two games in the league all season.
It is worth pointing out that United are one of those sides to have beaten the league leaders back in August at Barnetts Park thanks to goals from Stevie McManus and Sam Buchan.
Rose are a different side now that physical combative style has led them to the summit, winning eight from thirteen games with the majority of goals coming from Kieran McGachie.
Once more Saints are down to the bare bones.
Forfar Athletic face a replay in their Scottish Cup tie against Queens Park which means that Daryl Robertson is required by them.
A United spokesman said: “We know it will be tough at Bonnyrigg but we have beaten them once so who says it can’t be done again?
“In all seriousness, New Dundas Park is always a difficult place to go, the supporters are close in and are in your face for the full 90 minutes.
“Equally, if the home side start to struggle then they can be on their backs very quickly.
“We saw them at Jeanfield a fortnight ago in the Scottish Cup and they did a real job on Ross Gunnion’s side who were unbeaten up to that stage. So we know what we are up against.”
Kick off at New Dundas Park is 1.45pm.