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It is a big weekend for North East clubs with four teams in Scottish Cup action. Last season saw the ADJFA's proud record of not having a winner from the North region come to an abrupt end with the association having a winner every season since 2001.
 
Colony Locos (pictured right, scoring against Harmony Row in an earlier round) manager Alan Calder said that the Scottish Cup is a bonus and wants to put his focus on the league and also the regional cups. Locos will host Ayrshire outfit Glenburn Miners Welfare on the 1st February at the Garioch Sports Centre, Inverurie with a 1pm kick off and Calder looked ahead to the game saying "We had our game at Banchory postponed at the weekend however we managed to get a friendly organised at the last minute, it's a competitive league up there and some good teams are in it, when you get into the last 8 of the Scottish Cup your not expecting an easy tie, we've been unlucky in the cup draws with a couple of trips down to Glasgow but luckily enough this time we're at home."
 
Alan is hoping a big crowd comes down for the game and said "Through feedback we've received, a lot of the guys are keen to come down from the younger age groups however some have got tickets for Aberdeen's Semi-Final with St Johnstone, A couple of people from the Locos are also wanting to come down, the aim for the younger kids coming along to the game is to see what you can achieve, most of these guys have been playing with each other for years."
 
"Our plan will be to start the game on the offence as teams will come flying out at you, we can't get carried away we went down to Harmony Row and Kirkintilloch and concentrated on our styles and you don't play the occasion in these games."
 
Locos midfielder Grant Dawson looked ahead to the game by saying "We have made a really good start to the season we've been performing really well and we're in a really good position at the top."
 
"The majority of the lads have played with each other for a number of years and it does help us as we understand each other's games, coach Derek Wood has been with us for a long time and Alan Calder has came in this season, Alan has been pushing us really hard so they both know us and we know them."
 
"In the lead up to the game it's been really hard and Alan has been working us hard in training, as a team we like to attack and we all play for each other, Jo Garrow has been good in the last two Scottish up games against Harmony Row and Kirkintilloch and kept us in both games which were both really hard."
 
Glentanar CFC Under 17s host Edinburgh outfit Edina Hibs at Woodside Sports Complex with a 1pm kick off and coach John Milne looked ahead to the game by saying "As we all know, when you get to this stage of the competition, you will get a hard game and we don't know a lot about Edina, at times this season we have missed opportunities however I take my hat off to the players for their effort in games."
 
"It's difficult to single out players and fortunately we have a really good squad, we played B league Newmachar a few weeks ago and won 6-2 after extra time, we were punished thinking that we can just turn up on the day and hopefully it's a wake up call for the players". 
 
Albion BC Under 16s are at home to South East side Fernieside at Spain Park with a 1pm kick off and manager Robbie Tough says it will be no walkover despite them being massive favourites "Any side that reaches the quarter-final are a good side, after the Byron game on Saturday it was full preparation towards the game, I don't know a lot about them however we played Hutchison Vale a few years ago and only got beat 2-1 and they beat Fernieside 6-0 a few weeks ago."
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 15s (picture, left) make the trip to Edinburgh to take on Tynecastle and manager Colin Simpson looked ahead to the game saying "It'll obviously be tough as Tynecastle are the current holders of the cup, they've beat Dyce and Albion this season who are the top two teams in this area, our only home game this tournament has been against Newtonhill so we have travelled 2000 miles in the Scottish Cup this season."
 
"In the Scottish Cup this season we have been leaving for games at 6am and the lads have been very professional this season, we have been a bit unlucky with cup draws and a lot of the top teams have been knocked out already, hopefully the guys enjoy the experience."

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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