Three days of William Hill Scottish Cup Second Round action is set to begin, with matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
Your Second Round weekend begins under the floodlights and in front of the BBC Scotland cameras at New Dundas Park on Friday night as Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic host Buckie Thistle. It’s a top of the table clash, as the first-placed sides in the Lowland League and Highland League face off for a place in the Third Round. This match represents the first time these sides have met in a competitive match. Bonnyrigg Rose will face Highland League opposition for the second consecutive round, having beaten Fraserburgh 1-0 in the First Round. Similarly, Buckie Thistle will face Lowland League opposition for the second consecutive round, having beaten Civil Service Strollers 4-1 in the First Round. Kick-off for this match is 7.05pm and you can watch live on BBC Scotland.
Banks O’Dee make the trip south to the capital as they face Edinburgh City – kick-off is 7.30pm on Friday. The hosts will go into this match in confident mood; they have won both of their previous Scottish Cup ties against Junior opposition (Shotts Bon Accord in 2012-13 and Auchinleck Talbot in 2014-15). Should Banks O’Dee emerge victorious, however, it would represent their first Scottish Cup win against SPFL opposition, having lost on two previous occasions (against Montrose in 2009-10 and Ayr United in 2017-18).
Saturday’s matches kick-off with two 2.30pm kick-offs; the first of which sees Auchinleck Talbot host Cove Rangers. These are two sides who are familiar with each other, having met at this stage of the competition last season – Talbot emerged victorious on that occasion, winning a replay 2-1 following a 1-1 draw.
Penicuik Athletic host Stenhousemuir in Saturday’s second 2.30pm kick-off. A bit of history will be made in this match, as Penicuik Athletic face SPFL opposition in a competitive fixture for the first ever time. The stats are firmly on Stenny’s side, for this one however – they have won their first Scottish Cup tie in 10 of the last 11 seasons; the only exception being in 2014-15 when they lost to Brechin.
The action continues on Saturday, as Albion Rovers host Fort William – the first time these sides will meet in a competitive match. Albion Rovers will be hoping to avoid a repeat of this stage last season, where they were knocked out by Highland League opposition in the form of Formartine United. A win for Fort William, however, would see them reach the Third Round for the first time in their history.
Annan Athletic and Brechin City face off in an all League Two clash. In terms of League form, Annan have the upper-hand this season – they emerged 1-0 victors in August. Brechin City, however, have won all three of their previous Scottish Cup ties against Annan Athletic. An interesting trend about these previous encounters is that all three went to a replay. Will it be number four on Saturday?
Brora Rangers make the 57 mile journey south to face Clachnacuddin – the fist Scottish Cup meeting between these sides. Brora have won their last nine Scottish Cup ties against non-SPFL opposition – a confidence-boosting stat going into this weekend’s game. A win for Clach would see them reach the Third Round for the first time since 2012-13.
One of this season’s Scottish Cup debutants, Broxburn Athletic, make the trip to face Cowdenbeath. This match represents Cowdenbeath’s sixth consecutive home draw in the Scottish Cup – their last away match was against Rangers in 2015-16. Broxburn Athletic are the first team from the town to reach the Second Round since Broxburn United in 1926-27.
A win for East Kilbride over Gretna 2008 this weekend would see them reach the Third Round for the fifth season in a row. They go into this match knowing they have won each of their last eight Lowland League matches against Gretna. A win for Gretna 2008, meanwhile, would see them reach the Third Round for the first ever time.
A 235 mile trip north lies in wait for Berwick Rangers, as they face Elgin City. The last time Elgin failed to reach the Third Round was back in 2007-08. On the basis of their form against Lowland League opposition, their run looks like it may continue; they have won all six of their previous meetings with Lowland League opposition, racking up a 22-2 aggregate score in the process. Berwick Rangers, however, have good form in the Scottish Cup; they have reached the Sixth Round on three previous occasions – most recently in 2014-15.
Formartine United face Gala Fairydean Rovers for the first time in a competitive fixture. Formartine have made it to at least the Third Round in each of the last four seasons; a record they will be looking to extend on Saturday. Fairydean Rovers, meanwhile, will be aiming to equal their best ever run in the competition by reaching the Third Round – a run that came last season.
Lochee United previously reached the Third Round during their only previous entry into the Scottish Cup back in 2008-09 – they will be hoping to equal that record at least when they host BSC Glasgow. A win for BSC Glasgow would see them equal their best ever record in the Scottish Cup – a record set last season.
Rothes face Inverurie Loco Works at Mackessack Park; a win for the home side would see them reach the Third Round for the first time in their history. Inverurie Loco Works are facing fellow Highland League opposition for the second consecutive round, having beaten Wick Academy 3-2 in the First Round.
Spartans and Queen’s Park meet in the competition for only the second time; their previous meeting came in 2005-06; on that occasion Spartans emerged 3-2 victors.
Two matches this weekend will take place at Forthbank Stadium, the first of which sees Stirling Albion host Strathspey Thistle – a first competitive meeting between the sides. Albion will be hoping for an improvement on their last two seasons in the competition, having been knocked out at this stage in both of the last two seasons. Strathspey Thistle, on the other hand, are competing at this stage of the competition for the first time.
Sunday’s only match also takes place at Forthbank, as the University of Stirling take on Linlithgow Rose. A win for the University side would see them equal their best ever run in the competition – they reached the Third Round last season. Linlithgow Rose should go into this match in confident mood; they have won all three of their previous Scottish Cup matches against Lowland League opposition.
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Watch the highlights
With a packed Friday and Saturday of William Hill Scottish Cup action in store, you can watch all the goals on the Scottish Cup Facebook and YouTube page on Sunday evening.
Keep an eye out for our online show, Scottish Cup: Extra Time, which will bring you the best of the weekend’s action, social media reaction and of course those original Scottish Cup moments you may have missed.
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Third Round draw
The draw for the Third Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup will take place on Sunday evening – you can watch it live on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene.