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Formartine United face Annan Athletic on Saturday in the quarter final of the Ramsdens Cup this weekend.

Local sports writer Jack Nixon assesses their prospects with the Ellon Times in this video interview.

With three fantastic ties in store with at least one club from League Two or indeed the Highland League will be going to be in the final four after the Galabank clash between Annan Athletic and Formartine United.

Annan, who joined the senior leagues in 2008, have already reached two Semi-Finals of this competition and Jim Chapman’s side will need to see off a Pitmedden side that are looking to create even more history than they already have.

Formartine have already secured a place in the record books as the first Highland League side to win a Ramsdens Cup tie and they are now out to be the first Highland League side to reach the Semi-Finals.

Dundee, who won the competition in 2009 in a thrilling 3-2 success over an Inverness Caledonian Thistle outfit that were two goals ahead at half-time, will be out to end the interest of Stenhousemuir who secured a Cup upset of their own back in the autumn of 1995 that was probably celebrated by the Dark Blues.

Almost 18 years ago the Warriors led by Terry Christie won the competition on penalties against Dundee United.

The Final tie of this weekend is the all Championship clash between Raith Rovers and 2012 winners Falkirk, indeed the Bairns are the record holders for winning the competition with four successes in 1993, 1997 and 2004 as well as their 2012 triumph.

Raith have never reached the Final of the Challenge Cup in its various guises since it was launched in 1990 however they have reached the Semi-Final stage twice. That was first achieved in 1991 when they lost 2-1 to Hamilton and then again in 2003 when Inverness Caledonian Thistle won 4-0 at Stark’s Park.

Raith did of course win the Scottish League Cup in-between those two Semi-Final appearances.

The last remaining Quarter Final tie, between holders Queen of the South and Rangers is being played on Tuesday, September 17 at Palmerston Park.

You can read about all the action in next week’s Times - out Thursday.