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On The Spot - Jon Connolly

For the second of our On The Spot interviews, Mark Johnson sat down with Fauldhouse United manager Jon Connolly who takes his side through to Newlandsfield to face Pollok this Saturday in the Fifth Round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup.

Hi Jon,This weekend sees Fauldhouse in the last sixteen of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup what are your thoughts ahead of what is a tough tie against Pollok.?

It's an unbelievably hard draw but one we. as a club, are looking forward to and it will be a great experience for my young players. Newlandsfield on a big cup day is an unbelievable experience and one to savour.

It's been an up and down season so far but you are still in the pack in a very tight Super League South, is the game a welcome diversion or a hindrance?

I personally think the draw against Pollok gave us a wee lift when we were going through a sticky spell so without doubt it has been a welcome diversion

You look like being without Aaron Connolly after he picked up a leg injury at Whitburn, how much will you miss his experience.?

I am absolutely devastated for Aaron personally, he just got fit after a previous injury so it's a huge blow. However, in my eyes, we have a good squad, we can mix things up and have got boys who can fill in various roles.

You had a good career as a player how important is that experience in games of this stature.?

It's a huge game and it's the type of game that you always look forward to. My boys are buzzing for it, we have a lot of young players and this will be their biggest match they have been involved in but I believe they will rise to the challenge and do themselves and the club proud.

I am guessing you won't be going to sit back and let Pollok come at you as you are very much a front foot team.?

Absolutely that’s not my style to sit in and welcome pressure especially against a side like Pollok that's just asking for trouble in my opinion. We will be going there to show we are a hard working side who like to play quick attacking football so we will definitely be having a go at them.

Thanks for your time Jon and we would like to wish Fauldhouse United the best of luck in the game