KELTY are determined to "make history" and will look to an apprentice electrician to shock Brechin City and claim promotion to League Two.

A move to part-time football allowed Nathan Austin to pursue a trade and after his hat-trick proved the vital spark on Saturday, he'll be given the job of firing Hearts into the SPFL.

And in an ominous warning for their play-off final opponents, the hitman said: "I don't think we've played anywhere near as good as what we can.

"They've been the first competitive games we've had in four months so we can definitely improve by the time Brechin come."

Having been denied a shot at promotion last year when the pyramid play-offs were scrapped, followed by further suggestions about league reformation and then doubts about the Brora matches even going ahead, Austin said the players want to settle matters on the pitch.

He said: "I think it's been misread what Kelty is all about. I don't think we just wanted to go into League Two, we just wanted the chance to play Brora and Brechin.

"If we get beat by Brechin that's fair and square and we've had our chance to go up.

"The thought of it getting taken out of our hands and not getting the chance to play didn't make a lot of sense to the boys.

"For players in the lower leagues, the cherry on top is to get the chance to get promoted and play in big games like this.

"We're getting our chance and hopefully we take it but if not then at least we've had our chance and can't complain about it."

Kelty boss Barry Ferguson said: "It's not going to be easy, I don't care what anyone says.

"I know Brechin have finished bottom the last two seasons but they've still got good players.

"We played them earlier in the season in the Betfred Cup and I know a lot of people will look at that as we beat them 2-0 at Glebe Park but this is a final, it's two legs so it's going to be tough.

"They're playing for their lives and to stay in the SPFL.

"We want to make a bit of history as, for a club like Kelty, the journey we've been on for the last 30 months and how far we've come has been unbelievable.

"So we'll give it our best shot."

If Austin does help Kelty achieve their dream, it will be in no small part down to a long car journey made by Ferguson.

The striker recalled: "Coming to the end of the time at Inverness, the gaffer came up, he drove all the way to have a chat.

"Things like that, when you're a player, make you feel wanted.

"It was a big decision to come back to part-time but I think it's worth it."

Ferguson was delighted with the 6-1 aggregate win over Brechin after less-than-ideal preparation: "I hadn't seen them for three-and-a-half months so credit to the boys, they kept themselves in decent nick and worked really hard for the three weeks I had them.

"You saw glimpses of what a good team we can be."

A much-improved second-half display came after a 'chat' at half-time and he admitted: "They know I'm demanding and I expect more from them.

"But I've got to be realistic, we've not played a competitive game for four months and now we've had two games in four days.

"They're a great group of boys, an honest group, they gave me everything and as a manager that's all you can ask."