HILL of Beath Hawthorn face one of the biggest games in their history this weekend and they are getting strong backing from some special mascots.

The Haws take on League 2 side Elgin City at Keirs Park in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

It is their first appearance at this stage of the competition and the ground is expected to house its biggest crowd since it was revamped when the new terracing enclosures were created.

Scott Forrest, the club secretary, and players Ross Allum and Michael Fleming, visited Hill of Beath Primary School school and met up with all the pupils and staff, at their assembly, to help draw the names of the mascots for the match.

Scott said: "Our mascots are all local boys and girls aged between P1 and 2, and aged 13 - many of whom are family members of our first team players and committee.

“We're especially delighted also to welcome the eight mascots who are representing Hill of Beath Primary School and we say a massive thanks to headteacher, Maureen Lewis, and sports co-ordinator, Mrs. Horne, plus all the staff, pupils and their parents, for helping to make this happen".

Scott added: “The local community is very important to the club, and we hope this is the start of a long-term relationship with our next door neighbours at Hill of Beath Primary School, so the kids can feel this is their club too.

“'Onward and Upwards' is the school motto, while 'Strength Through Loyalty' is the Haws’ motto, and we couldn't think of a better way to describe this partnership."