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With less than 24 hours to go until our Irn Bru Cup quarter final against TNS, Manager Gary Naysmith looks ahead to the tie.

After three wins on the bounce in the Championship and being unbeaten in six the players have a real spring in their step just now and are rightly full of confidence.

This weekend it's something different for us, an away trip to The New Saints in the quarter final of a national competition.  We always wanted a home draw but once we got an away tie, we were pleased it wasn't against someone from our own league.  You play the teams in the division often enough so this gives us something new and a bit of freshness and it's a game we're all looking forward to.

We are playing a team from Wales who have been very successful in their own league, a team who regularly play European football and a side who are used to winning games, so its a good challenge for us.

We have prepared as much as we can but we still don't know 100% what we will face when we get there.  We have had them watched, we've had video footage of them and I've spoken to Gavin Price at Elgin City so we've done as much as we possibly can.

We know they are a good strong team with a good principle of play, they work hard and know what they want to do.  They also have flexibility within the squad to change shape.  But as I said at the beginning, we are in a good run of form and the boys have a real spring in their step.

We're used to travelling just now in both the league and cup.  In this competition we beat Airdrie at home but have been away every round since. It is a wee bit of a journey but it takes me back to my playing days when we did a lot of travelling.  The bus journey will give the players a chance to relax and we can also watch the other results coming in on the way down the road.

We are without Jason Kerr who is away with the Scotland Under 21 squad and Dan Carmichael is still injured.

Kick off at The Park Hall Stadium is 2.45 pm.  Live on S4C.