By LUKE WALKER
ANDREW MacKENZIE reckons last week’s stunning cup win proves Newmains can match up against tougher opposition.
United host title-chasing Lanark United this afternoon, seven days after sending Championship side Whitletts Victoria spinning out of the West of Scotland Cup on penalties.
After a stint on the road the side will be back at Victoria Park where they’ve netted 13 goals and stayed unbeaten since September.
The club are hoping an offer to allow season ticket holders from any club in for free on international weekend can swell the crowd cheering them on.
In-form midfielder MacKenzie said: “We’ve taken a few big scalps this season. Lanark are a good outfit but I would never rule us out of getting a result against any side in the league.
“It was good to bounce back with that win last week after a couple defeats on the trot in the league.
“There was less pressure on us in the cup and we were able to get back to winning ways so hopefully that’s something we can bring with us into our game with Lanark.
“We are trying to develop a strong home league record and we’ve had a couple of decent results at Victoria Park this season.”
Striker Paul Donaghy believes the knockout victory in Ayr can galvanise the group for the rest of the season.
They’ll face East Kilbride Thistle in the second round in January and Donaghy said: “We need to stick together as a unit to get a result this weekend.
“But we can also now use the Whitletts result as a benchmark for what we know we can do.
“The result has spurred the whole team on and given us a better mindset going into the game with Lanark.
“I was really proud of the boys last week and the way we all handled the game. I don’t think we expected much because Whitletts were on top of their game and sitting two leagues above us.
“But I’m glad we all managed to stick stuck together and got the victory. It’s going to be great to be back at Victoria Park again this weekend.
“We’re obviously all familiar with the park, it’s tight and it’s compact and I know if we play to our strengths we can always get a result there.”