Stirling Albion are in IRN-BRU Cup first-round action on Tuesday evening when we welcome League 2 rivals Montrose to Forthbank, kick-off 7.45pm.
It’s one of 24 ties this midweek and the draw for round two takes place at the Falkirk Wheel at 1.00pm on Thursday – it will be streamed live on the SPFL Facebook page.
Team news: Striker Andy Little remains on the sidelines and midfielder Sean Dickson is also out after missing Saturday’s game with a hip injury. Binos boss Dave Mackay is likely to freshen up the team as he did successfully did during the Betfred Cup.
Previous meetings: We won the most recent meeting between the sides 3-1 at Links Park in March thanks to goals from Darren Smith, Ross Kavanagh and Connor McLaren but Montrose hit back to record a 2-1 victory at Forthbank in February. It was 2-2 on Christmas Eve and 2-0 in our favour last August.
Challenge Cup: Our best run in the competition is the semi-finals in 1995/96 and 1999/00 but we lost to Stenhousemuir then Alloa – both of them managed by Terry Christie. We fell at the first hurdle last season, going down 3-2 to Hearts’ U20 side at Forthbank despite leading 2-0.
Opponents: Montrose kicked off their League 2 campaign with a good win at Edinburgh City and drew 1-1 with Stenhousemuir on Saturday. We head to Links Park on September 16. The Gable Endies reached the play-offs last season after an outstanding second half to the season under Stewart Petrie but were beaten by Peterhead in the semi-finals. Their summer signings are: Martyn Fotheringham (Forfar), Danny Cavanagh (Broughty Athletic), Matty Allan (Dundee), Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath), Jamie Redman (Peterhead), Sean Dillon (Dundee United), Connor McLaren (St Johnstone) and Cammy Ballantyne (Dundee United, loan).
Referee: Peter Stuart
Admission: Adults £10, Seniors & Students £5, U16s Free!
Fans: Only the West Stand will be open. Stirling Albion fans should use turnstiles 1 & 2, with Montrose supporters entering via turnstile 3.
Club shop: Open before and after the game. Find us in the West Stand.
Weather: Much better than Monday!
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
In the event of a draw: Extra time, and penalties if required, will settle the outcome if the scores are level after 90 minutes.
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City – 19/08/17