Manager Bryan Young is hoping his Beith young guns can blunt the considerable attacking threat of Clydebank in today’s SoccerShop Challenge Cup second round showdown.

The pick of seven all-WOSFL clashes has the Bankies heading down into Ayrshire, in understandably confident mood as befits a team sitting atop the Premier Division pile after reeling off four straight league wins in four starts, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one in the process, however Auchinleck Talbot legend Butch says his players are not running scared of the prospect.

In what is the first of an intriguing Bellfield Park double-header - the sides meet again on WOSFL duty next weekend - the importance of a morale-boosting victory is not lost on five-time Scottish Junior Cup medal winner Young.

He insisted last night: "People have asked me if given the choice, would I prefer to win the cup tie or league game but it's not something  that would ever come into my thoughts, so take it as read that Beith will be going all out in both games.

"Not an easy ask, mind you, as Clydebank's start to the season has been nothing short of brilliant and they are clearly the form team at our level right now.

"Gordon Moffat has acquired tried and trusted frontmen in Nikky Little and Ciaran Mulcahey as well as the former Beith striker Ross McPherson who are all scoring regularly so we will need to be respectful of these strengths but not to the extent of changing our own shape or what we do well ourselves.

"This Beith team is also unbeaten but the very fact Clydebank are seven points to the good (having played one game more) shows inconsistency is our major failing  but this is not so much a factor in a one-off cup game and if we play the way we have shown we can then I'd like to think we’ll cause them problems.

"For certain, if the guys show the same character as last Saturday in coming from 2-0 down to eke out a draw with Troon then a place in the next round is not beyond us."

Mighty supporters were rocked during the coronavirus-extended close season when a nucleus of their squad departed to join up with former manager Johnny Millar at St Cadoc's and ever since, Butch has embarked upon a rebuild, bringing in a host of his club's up and coming youthful talents as well as conducting transfer deals to land such as Calum Watt (Hurlford United) Ally Park (Glenafton) and  this week's loan signing of Cumnock frontman Jamie Conn.

He added: "I cannot speak highly enough of the contribution of youngsters Jordan Duffy, Odhran Markey, Jay Shields, Danny O’Neil and Jordan Hood whose stepping up from our Under-21 ranks is undoubtedly the way forward for a club like ours.

"We had four 18-year-olds and two guys aged just 21 in our team against Troon but you cannot lose sight of the importance of their development having to be nurtured through playing alongside more experienced types.

"Getting the balance right is crucial and that's why the loss of our captain Paul Frize, to a contentious tackle by a Troon player is a massive blow which could be softened if the likes of Nikky Docherty can return from long-term injury as well as Stevie Noble and Callum Watt becoming available for selection again.

"Stevie missed our last two outings on account of having to self-isolate while Tiny has now suffered a second bout of the same restrictions and unfortunately I don't think they will be the only players to miss out for this reason.

"It's far from ideal but we can only take it on the chin and hope more of the young school can step up to the mark."

In the remaining all-WOSFL encounters, Annbank United, with new signing Christian Nade, ex-Hearts and Dumbarton, in their ranks appear too strong for Vale of Leven at New Pebble Park while home advantage could also enable Greenock (v Vale of Clyde) and Johnstone Burgh (v Maryhill) to secure last 16 places.

Tougher tasks await trio Rossvale, Bonnyton Thistle and Cumbernauld United in taking to the road however it would represent a major upset were the Premier Division trio to falter against Kilsyth Rangers, Craigmark and Bellshill Athletic respectively.

Away from the cup thrills and spills is a Keppoch Park clash of Conference League C rivals Glasgow Perthshire and Lanark United which marks seasoned campaigner  Jamie McKenzie's first game in charge of the visiting Yowes.

The former Gartcairn and Forth Wanderers boss was only appointed assistant to Paul McColl at Cambuslang Rangers during the summer months however The  Lang's subsequent decision to withdraw from the WOSFL’s inaugural season freed up the soon to be 40-year-old to assume the Moor Park reins.

Previous incumbent Colin Slater tendered his resignation over concerns about playing games throughout the coronavirus crisis and now McKenzie is charged with building upon United chalking up their first league win in three league starts, last weekend's 2-1 success at home to St Anthony's.

He put his new charges through their paces at training this week alongside No.2 Gary Johnston, before insisting: "I'm delighted to be on board with such a progressive club and cannot wait to take on the challenges lying ahead.

"The Shire in their own backyard is as tough a starter as they come but the players are well prepared so we’ll look to go there and give a good account of ourselves."

Saturday 21st November (Kick-offs 1.45pm
SOCCERSHOP CHALLENGE CUP. First Round Thornton Hibs v Rutherglen Glencairn.
Second Round Annbank Utd v Vale of Leven, Ardeer Thistle v Tranent, Beith v Clydebank, Bellshill Athletic v Cumbernauld Utd, Broxburn Athletic v Irvine Meadow, Craigmark v Bonnyton Thistle, Darvel v Easthouses Lily, Dundonald Bluebell v Rob Roy, Edinburgh South v Blantyre Vics, Eyemouth Utd v Muirkirk, Forth Wanderers v Threave Rovers, Gartcairn v Inverkeithing Swifts, Glasgow University v Hill O’Beath, Glenrothes v St Cadoc's, Greenock v Vale of Clyde, Hurlford Utd v Civil Service Strollers, St Anthony's v East Kilbride, Johnstone Burgh v Maryhill, Kennoway Star Hearts v St Roch's, Kilsyth Rangers v Rossvale, Largs Thistle v Dalbeattie Star, Linlithgow Rose v Kello Rovers, Lothian Thistle v Dalry Thistle, Newmains Utd v Edinburgh University, Newton Stewart v Yoker Athletic, Renfrew v Bonnyrigg Rose, Thorniewood Utd v Craigroyston, Troon v Preston Athletic, Heriot Watt University v Drumchapel Utd, Whitehill Welfare v Carluke Rovers.
WOSFL Conference League B Neilston v Wishaw.
WOSFL Conference League C Glasgow Perthshire v Lanark Utd.