It may be a little like Dr.Who but I have looked at the draw and without the aid of a DeLorean here it is all Back to the Future as we look to how we got here. Not sure is that mixing metaphors, images or all three?
There are a number of clubs who arrive in the draw for the first time and the following arrive in the second round draw without having competed in the Scottish Cup so far this season:
Forfar Athletic v East Fife
Rangers v Airdrieonians
Dumbarton v Cowdenbeath
Arbroath v Brechin City
Queen of the South v Hamilton Academical
This is also the stage in the cup where other SPFL clubs join in and these are the ties where they have opponents with a pedigree in the cup already:
Culter v Berwick Rangers
Culter put Lossiemouth out 3 -1 in a preliminary round before then managing to squeeze 6 past Newton Stewart last weekend. Berwick got past Peterhead in the only all League Two tie; this looks tricky for the visitors.
Elgin City v Dunfermline Athletic
Whilst the Pars arrive in the cup for the first time Elgin had to go to near neighbours Keith and come back with a 4-0 win. In previous years this would look like a walkover/banana skin but now they are but a league apart and it is oh so much closer now!
Stranraer v Auchinleck Talbot
As Stranraer join the competition Talbot have had to see off St Cuthbert Warriors at home 4-0 before trouncing Girvan away 5-1. They are now drawn outside of Ayrshire but still on the west coast. The interesting side issue may be who has the bigger support!
Alloa Athletic v Inverurie Loco
Loco put out Burntisland Shipyard at home 3-0 before despatching Formartine United. Under Steve Paterson Formartine managed a decent run in the Ramsdens but here was a cup too far. Under Paul Hartley rarely a foot is put wrong by Alloa and their appearance in the Cup ought not to be a curtailed one.
East Stirlingshire v Raith Rovers
East Stirlingshire have continued their fine league form by thrashing Threave Rovers 6-0 though it must be said that is unlikely to happen with this Rovers!
The following ties are unsettled as they will require a replay: –
Ayr United v Queen’s Park / Preston Athletic
Gardner Speirs must wonder what it will take to get a win but they have to trot out again on the 12th October to scrap it out to meet the Honest Men. Mark Roberts will be thinking a decent cup run might just be possible.
Stenhousemuir v Buckie Thistle/Annan Athletic
The warriors will face a well-travelled Buckie should they get through. Buckie were away at Wigton and Bladnoch and won 4-3 before their 0-0 draw at home to Annan. The replay is on the 19th October at Annan and if their experience is repeated they should get through a tough encounter. Jim Chapman and his team will have plenty to say about that though…
Edinburgh City/Fraserburgh v Montrose
A 4-4 draw means battle recommences on the 12th October. Both Fraserburgh and Edinburgh won 4-0 in the previous round; Fraserburgh managing it at home to Civil Service Strollers whilst Edinburgh City had to go to Golspie Sutherland to get their result.
Turiff United v Stirling Albion/Whitehill Welfare
Their 2-2 draw means that Stirling and Whitehill will do battle again on the 12th; Turiff United had despatched Selkirk 3-1 in the previous round. This could be an all non SPFL affair which would guarantee decent money for one of the lower league teams in the next round.
Albion Rovers v Deveronvale/Linlithgow Rose
One of the mighty Junior teams held to a 2-2 draw. You can choose which one is the mightier but they will face off again on the 12th. In the previous round Deveronvale got through 5-0 at home to Clachnacuddin and Linlithgow Rose beat Nairn County 2-0 at home. Albion Rovers managed to win a cup game; front page news in Coatbridge – they dumped Spartans 1-0.
Clyde v Brora Rangers/Cove Rangers
As Clyde were getting through 3-0 away to Gala Fairydean, Brora Rangers and Cove Rangers were fighting out a 1-1 draw. Brora Rangers got into the First Round proper by beating Vale of Leithen 1-0. Tight games – let’s hope they find scoring boots before the second round.