Stirling Albion head north on Saturday to take on Highland League Turriff United at The Haughs in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. We got the better of Whitehill Welfare, 2-1 after a replay, in the previous round while Turriff defeated Wick Academy 4-2 to progress.
Team news: Ross Forsyth returns after missing Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Albion Rovers due to work commitments but David Weatherston and Kieran McAnespie remain out. Turriff could give a debut to former Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie, who joined Turra after a spell in the United States.
Greig McDonald: “The Highland League clubs are a credit to the Scottish Cup and have good quality so I expect a very tough game. We’ve had Turriff watched a couple of times and they will be right up for it so we need to go there, be professional and play at a good tempo.”
Our hosts: Turriff joined the Highland League from the Junior ranks in 2009/10 and held Morton to a draw in last season’s Scottish Cup fourth round before losing the replay at Cappielow, after earlier knocking out Civil Service Strollers and Buckie Thistle. They are currently ninth in the 18-club Highland League, with four wins, two draws and five defeats and are co-managed by James Duthie and Mark Simpson.
Cup facts: We have never gone beyond the quarter-finals and haven’t reached that stage since 1989/90. Our recent record is disappointing, with third-round exits to Partick Thistle, Dundee and Deveronvale in the last three seasons. Our last victory in round three was in 2009/10 when we beat Auchinleck Talbot 2-1 before knocking out Albion Rovers, after a replay, en route to a 9-0 thrashing by Ross County.
Referee: Alan Newlands
Admission: Adults £8, Concessions £4
Replay date: Saturday November 9
Our next game: East Stirlingshire v Stirling Albion – Saturday November 9
Weather: Looks like being cold but dry
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Fourth-round draw: Tuesday November 5 at 12 noon