Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The draw for the second round of the Scottish Cup was made today at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. The sixteen ties gives us the prospect of at least seven non league teams entering the hat for the Third Round draw, when East Fife will enter this year's competition.

My tie of the round is the potential cracker between Bo'ness United and Queens Park. I fancy the Junior side to spring a wee shock there against the Spiders.

There's the possibility that 14 non league teams could be awaiting East Fife, with only two all Third Division ties coming out of the hat.

With that in mind, coupled with the fact that I'll be taking in the Fife's Third Round match on November 20th, here's hoping for a cracking away day and not the winner of Montrose v Arbroath, a trip to Forfar or a home tie.

So what would be our dream trip here at AFTN come November?

If Wick Academy can overcome Whitehill Welfare then a trip to the far north would be a fantastic weekend away. Myself and SoC spent some fun times there for a pre season friendly many moons ago

Of course a trip to any of the Highland League sides would be nice, especially the ones we've not been to before like Deveronvale, Inverurie or Golspie Sutherland. In fact, forget Wick. Golspie are my new choice!

If we can't get any of them, then a trip to something "exotic" like Aberdeen Junior side Sunnybank would be interesting. Or the chance to travel to pastures new in St Cuthbert Wanderers or Wigtown and Bladnoch would be equally as fantastic.

I'm getting quite excited at the thought. Let's hope I'm not cursing the draw in a few weeks time! Please, on this rarity of occasions, give us a cracker.

The full second round draw is:

Deveronvale or Inverurie Loco Works v Dalbeattie Star
Forres Mechanics v East Stirlingshire
Newton Stewart or Preston Athletic v Annan Athletic
Clyde v Berwick Rangers
Wigtown & Bladnoch v Buckie Thistle
Beith v Glasgow University
Rothes or Nairn County v Cove Rangers
Keith v Spartans
Stranraer v Fraserburgh or St Cuthbert Wanderers
Bo'ness United v Queen's Park
Whitehill Welfare v Wick Academy
Golspie Sutherland or Fort William v Huntly or Girvan
Montrose v Arbroath
Edinburgh City v Threave Rovers
Albion Rovers v Sunnybank
Elgin City v Edinburgh University or Brora Rangers

(Ties are to be played on Saturday October 23rd).

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