Broughty Athletic and Downfield JFC will try again this Saturday to play their scheduled 3rd round tie in the Scottish Cup, sponsored by ETHX ENERGY, following last Saturday’s call off due to a frozen Downfield Park surface.
Billed as the game of the city, with both Dundee and Dundee United both playing out of the city, it was a game both sides and neutrals were looking forward to until the cold snap set in towards the weekend. But fingers crossed for this Saturday to get the game played.
The Fed are currently on a poor run of results just now, having lost their last four league games to Carnoustie Panmure, Camelon, Bo’ness United and more recently Kelty Hearts, so a change of scenery is welcomed by Fed gaffer Keith Gibson as his side prepares for cup football.
Hosts Downfield set up this 3rd round clash having disposed of SJFA North Division One side Nairn St Ninian 1-0 in the 2nd round. League matters, Downfield currently sit in 6th position in the East Region Premier League, 9 points behind leaders Kennoway Star Hearts but with 2 games in hand. The previous year they finished winners of the North Division thus gaining promotion to the Premier League.
Broughty go into the game looking to put recent league results behind them, having lost their last four games in the league, with two cup wins in between the league defeats against Johnstone Burgh in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup and Blairgowrie JFC in the GA Engineering Cup to their name.
Broughty will welcome back Brian Clark and James Collier to the squad, both having missed the last several games due to injury. Both players featured in the Tuesday night 3-0 friendly win over Forfar West End and could feature in the squad at some point come Saturday. Paul McLellan is available despite his sending off away to Kelty Hearts.
All fans are reminded this game is a 1-45pm kick off at Downfield Park, home of Downfield JFC.
Should the game end in a draw after 90mins then the game will go to a replay at Whitton Park on Saturday 3rd December, cancelling Broughty’s proposed Super League fixture away to Lochee United and Downfield’s Premier League home game versus Tayport.