Auchinleck Talbot's David Gillies aims goal knack at Hearts

By John BarnesBBC Scotland
Auchinleck midfielder David Gillies
Plumber Gillies has been struggling to train because of work commitments

Auchinleck Talbot's David Gillies claims he has a "knack of scoring in big games" and would love to do it against Hearts in the Scottish Cup.

Midfielder Gillies has scored three so far in the competition as the junior giants progressed to the fourth round.

The Tynecastle tie will be the biggest match in the Ayrshire club's history.

"I've got a knack of scoring in big games and hopefully I can do it on Saturday," he told BBC Scotland.

But Gillies is realistic about his team's chances of causing an upset against the Scottish Premier League outfit, who last won the competition in 2006.

"It's a massive game for us, the biggest probably we've ever been involved in," he said.

"Hopefully we can do well and people will take notice.

"For me, we need to go out and enjoy it and not get caught up in it too much.

"We've got a lot of young players and it's just a case of enjoying it.

"If we do that, we should do okay - we won't get embarrassed!

"To me, they're the third biggest team in Scotland.

"It's a huge leap, but we'll just need to see how we get on.

"I don't think the conditions are going to be kind, so they might favour us more than Hearts, but they've got a lot of quality and it's going to be hard."

Unlike the players he will face at Tynecastle, Gillies's full-time job is as a plumber.

Auchinleck midfielder Colin Spence
Tiler Colin Spence believes Talbot have a winning mentality

Recently, he has been forced to miss training sessions and games because of work commitments in the north of Scotland.

However, he is hoping he will be selected to face the capital club.

"It's been hard over the last month, so I've been training myself," said Gillies. "I usually work locally, but the job I'm on at the moment is up north.

"You've got to go where the work is, but I hope the manager plays me on Saturday."

Gillies' team-mate, Colin Spence, is a tiler to trade. The central midfielder previously played for Gretna, when they were in the senior ranks, and he is relishing the chance of facing top-flight players.

"In between my football, I'm tiling bathrooms and kitchens," Spence explained.

"I work it well. We train two nights a week. Through the day, I'm doing my tiling then at night time we're training, then we've got the game on a Saturday.

"Obviously they are going to be a lot fitter than us - or they should be.

"As long as we get in Hearts' faces and make it really difficult for them and hold our own for a little while, we'll see what happens."

Talbot qualified for the senior competition by winning the Scottish Junior Cup last season and Spence hopes that success will help them against Paulo Sergio's men.

"We're a team that's got a winning mentality," insisted the midfielder.

"We are used to winning week in, week out, so we'll be looking at this as another game we can show what we can do and make it tough for Hearts."

The village of Auchinleck has a population of around 3,500, but it will be deserted on Saturday as Talbot expect to take a support of similar number through to Edinburgh for the tie.