NAIRN County boss Ronnie Sharp insists his side are in upbeat mood for hosting Brora Rangers in the Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
Just weeks after taking over the Station Park hot-seat again, Sharp’s new-look side lost 4-0 against Brora in late July, but showed what they are capable of when the teams shared six goals in a thriller at Dudgeon Park in November.
Now managed by Ross Tokely, Brora finished their Highland League campaign one point behind champions Buckie Thistle and runners-up Cove Rangers and will be out to salvage silverware.
However, with Nairn rounding off their league season with a fine 2-0 win away to Rothes on Saturday, confidence is also high for Sharp’s troops.
Apart from that awful off-night at Forres when they crashed 7-1 and losing 1-0 at Inverurie Locos, their late term form has been impressive, beating Fort William, Huntly and Strathspey over two competitions and drawing 0-0 at ever-improving Lossiemouth, finishing 13th in the table, over-taking Huntly on Saturday.
Sharp said: "We had that excellent draw with Brora, but they have improved under Ross Tokely. We are not under any pressure and they will be big favourites, but we are also in good form and it should be an interesting tie."
The winners will take on either Halkirk or Forres Mechanics in the semis, with Fort William v Invergordon and Golspie Sutherland v Rothes making up their others aiming to reach the last four.