There’s a sense of déjà vu around Keith this weekend.
The Highland Football League club are in William Hill Scottish Cup preliminary round action tomorrow and will face St Cuthbert Wanderers, the side they knocked out in the first round of the competition last season.
The road to Hampden features two preliminary round matches this year - Keith v St Cuthbert Wanderers and Fort William v Preston Athletic – and Keith boss Darren Still hopes his team can repeat events of last season and book their place in the first round.
He said: “Last season we came away with a 2-0 win against St Cuthbert Wanderers which was pleasing as they are a good side and we travelled a long way that day to play them.
“We hadn’t been in the best form prior to that match so I was delighted with how the team performed.
“We’ve been drawn against them again this season but thankfully they will be making the journey, not us!
“We have the preliminary round match this season and we're looking forward to it. We have home advantage but this is our first competitive match of the season so we’re expecting a real test tomorrow.
“Hopefully we can get the win and if we play as we did when we played them last season then I’m confident we can do that.”
After defeating St Cuthbert in the first round last season, Keith went on to knock out Wick Academy in round two before being drawn against SFL side Arbroath in the third round.
Despite holding Arbroath for much of the match, a penalty in added time denied Keith the chance of a replay and Arbroath were later drawn against Rangers in the fourth round.
“We really gave Arbroath a run for their money that day,” said Still.
“We had a good run in the cup last season and I felt we performed really well against Arbroath and probably deserved another bite of the cherry but it wasn’t to be.
“We all dream of going on a Scottish Cup run and drawing one of the big teams. The cup is exciting and brings a lot of profile to the club. I’m sure the locals will be there tomorrow to cheer us on against St Cuthbert Wanderers.”