Scottish Cup preview: Formartine hope spying mission will give them edge, Ayrshire champs pose problems for Banffers and Broch face tricky Edinburgh trip


Paul Lawson hopes his scouting of East Stirlingshire can give Formartine United the edge in their Scottish Cup showdown.

The Pitmedden men welcome the Shire to North Lodge Park tomorrow in the second round of the competition.

With United not having a game last Saturday Lawson, pictured, took the chance to watch East Stirlingshire’s 3-1 win against Cumbernauld Colts.

He said: “I went down to watch them last weekend. It was a good opportunity for me to go down and get a look at them. “A couple of years ago we played them in a pre-season friendly, but a lot can change in two years, so it was good to get a look at them.

“The game I watched, for the majority of the game they controlled it and controlled the ball. “A lot of their play tended to come down their left-hand side and that is something we will concentrate on. “At the same time you can’t take one game as the basis for how they play all the time. “They might have adapted how they play for that opposition.

“But I firmly believe it is all about how we play on the day.”

This is the Shire’s second term in the Lowland League after being relegated from League Two. Despite playing at the same level, Lawson still views a United victory as a scalp.

He added: “Without a doubt it would be a scalp. They are a former league club and our aim is to be a league club, so it will be good to test ourselves against them.”

DEVERONVALE manager Steve Dolan believes his team will start as underdogs against Glenafton Athletic.

The Banffers welcome the Ayrshire Junior outfit to Princess Royal Park in the Scottish Cup second round tomorrow.

Glenafton won their league, the West of Scotland Junior Superleague Premier Division, and the Scottish Junior …read more

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