Broughty Athletic take a welcome break from Super League action this weekend as they make the very short trip to face local side Downfield JFC in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup, sponsored by ETHX ENERGY.

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 on Saturday.EthxLogo_320x240 (2)

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.

dsc_0298-2Broughty will welcome back Kerr Hay, pictured left, to the squad, having missed last Saturday’s game at Kelty due to unforeseen circumstances. Brian Clark is back in full training with the squad but Saturday may just be a bit early to get game time under his belt having been out for four weeks. Paul McLellan is available despite his sending of last Saturday 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 be subject to a replay at Whitton Park on Saturday 26th November, cancelling Broughty’s proposed league fixture against visitors Newtongrange Star and Downfield’s away trip to Armadale Thistle.