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Linlithgow preview

Linlithgow preview

Stirling Albion hit the Scottish Cup trail on Saturday when we make the short journey to play Linlithgow Rose in a second-round tie, kick-off 3.00pm.

Martyn Corrigan remains in caretaker charge as we seek our third successive shut-out, following the 2-0 win at Cowdenbeath and the 0-0 draw with Berwick Rangers.

Team news: Left-back Ross Forsyth remains sidelined with a knee injury and forward Darren Smith will also miss out. Central defender Ross Smith is suspended due to a ban carried over from last season’s Scottish Cup.

Opponents: Rose have ex-Albion defender Todd Lumsden in temporary charge after the recent departure of Davie McGlynn, who guided them to the last 16 of the 2015/16 Scottish Cup. Their top scorer is Tommy Coyne, with 10 goals. Kevin Kelbie is next on five, with Graham Weir and Lewis Small on two. All four have previously played for Stirling. Linlithgow have beaten Threave Rovers and Selkirk to reach this stage. Their form in the East Superleague has been mixed but they have defeated Pumpherston and Thornton Hibs in cup ties in their last two games.

Scottish Cup: We reached the fourth round last season, beating East Fife and Cumbernauld Colts before losing to Inverness Caley Thistle in a replay. Our best run in the competition is the quarter-finals, a stage we last reached in 1989/90 when Clydebank beat us 1-0 in a replay. Our last Scottish Cup tie against Junior opposition came against Hurlford United two years ago, when we drew 1-1 away then won 13-12 in an incredible penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in the replay at Forthbank.

Referee: Steven Reid

Admission: £10 adults & £5 concessions

Distance: Just under 20 miles from Stirling to Linlithgow

Weather: Looks decent but showers possible

Replay date: Saturday October 29 at Forthbank

Third-round draw: Tuesday October 25 at 6.00pm – details HERE

Our next game: Clyde v Stirling Albion – 29/10/16