Broughty Athletic take a break from Super League action this Saturday when they travel to face West Calder United in the first round of the DJ Laing sponsored East of Scotland Cup at Hermand Park, West Lothian.
The Fed are sitting pretty in third top position after a six-game hectic start to the new league season and Fed manager Keith Gibson is now looking to push on the domestic cup front and have a good cup run starting this Saturday in West Lothian.
Hosts West Calder currently sit in eighth position in the McBookie East Region South Division and share the league with the likes of Pumpherston Juniors, Oakley United, Stonyburn Juniors and Kirkcaldy YM. Only four league games have been played with a draw against Craigroyston, defeats against Lochgelly Albert and Pumpherston Juniors, and a single 2-1 win over Edinburgh United. Last season West Calder didn’t make it passed the first round, going out 4-0 to Dalkeith Thistle.
Broughty go into the game following last Saturday’s fine 2-0 win over Musselburgh Athletic but at a cost, with several players missing either through injury or holidays. Out definitely are Grant Lawson, Jake Mair, Frankie Lannen, James Collier, Ryan Suttie and Barry Myles, but Fed manager Keith Gibson is hoping to bring in a couple of players before Saturday either on loan or one-year deals.
Last season in the first round Broughty cruised through 3-1 at home to Musselburgh Athletic at Whitton Park, the picture above is from the game showing captain Jamie Winter challenging for the ball, with goals from Stewart McConnachie and former players Lee Sibanda and Bryan Duell in a game they dominated from start to finish. Saturday will be a tough game and the home side will be out to prove themselves against a Super League side in the Fed.
All fans are reminded this game is a 2-30pm kick off at Hermand Park, West Lothian. Should the game end in a draw after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will determine who goes into the hat for the second round draw.