JOHNSTONE Burgh co-manager Colin Smith has admitted his side face a ‘mammoth’ task in the Scottish Cup on Saturday against East Super League giants Lochee United.

The Keanie Park side travel up to Dundee to take on George Shields’ side, who have gone from strength to strength after being promoted via the play-offs to East Region’s top tier in 2016.

Last season Lochee finished in fifth place, behind teams like Kelty Hearts and Bonnyrigg Rose, and are sitting fourth this year.

Burgh will be big outsiders in the tie at Thompson Park, but Smith hopes his side can enjoy the experience.

He said: “It’s a very tough tie we’ve got. It’s an East Superleague team who are sitting high up.

“We’re under no illusions it’s going to be a mammoth task, especially with our form at the moment and our league position, and we’re going up to a Super League team who are sitting quite handy in that league as well.

“We were away to Aberdeen University in the second round, and it’s good experience for the younger boys in the team, to travel away and get to different grounds and play against quality teams.”

Burgh were beaten 3-1 by Ashfield on Saturday, conceding early on and reaching half-time 3-0 down.

Changes in personnel and formation sparked a fightback, and Clark hopes his side can take their second half performance into their cup tie on Saturday.

He said: “With the chances we created in the second half we should have maybe got a result out of it, but we never converted our chances so we got what we deserved.

“If we can take the second half performance from Saturday and take that into that game on Saturday we’ll give a good account of ourselves.

Goalkeeper Fraser Wilson is expected to be the only absentee from the Johnstone Burgh squad on Saturday, with kick-off at 1.45pm.