League: Scottish Cup

Brora Rangers v Pollok

Pollok make the 231 mile journey to Brora this weekend as we face Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park in the Scottish Cup Third Round.

Pollok has the chance to make history by reaching the Fourth Round for the first time, if we manage to get past the Highland League outfit.

Brora are currently 7th in the Highland League, with a record of seven wins, three draws and one defeat, with a points tally of 24. Brora entered the Scottish Cup in the First Round and progressed with ease to the next round after a 5-1 home win over Berwick Rangers. They then faced Stenhousemuir away in Round Two and left with a 2-0 win.

In the Highland League, their only defeat came back in August against league leaders Brechin City. They currently sit 10 points behind Brechin.

The Cattachs were formed in 1879. They joined the Highland League in 1962, which they have won four times, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2019-20, and 2020-21. They won the Highland League Cup in 2022 and the North of Scotland Cup last season.

23 March 2021 will be a date that will be remembered by Brora supporters for years to come as they knocked out then Championship leaders, Hearts, in a Scottish Cup tie at Dudgeon Park, 2-1.

Ally MacDonald was a long serving player before taking over as manager in February to replace Craig Campbell, MaxDonald is assisted by Josh Meekings.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the sides.

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Pollok v Gala Fairydean Rovers

Attendance: 1,133

Gala Fairydean Rovers visit Newlandsfield on Saturday in the Scottish Cup Second Round, a first competitive meeting between the sides.

Pollok have played two matches in the Scottish Cup, so far this season. A penalty win over BenburbĀ  after a 2-2 draw, then a six nil victory away to Penicuik in the last round.

GFR beat Strathspey Thistle, 8-2 in the First Round. Rovers play in the Lowland League and are currently 7th in the table with a record of six wins, two draws, and six defeats, withba points tally of 20. Their form since beating Stathspey Thistle has been win one week, defeat the next, in the four matches played. Last week they went down 4-1 at home against Cumbernauld Colts.

Gala Fairydean Rovers were admitted to the Lowland League in 2013, they changed their name at this point, after a merger of Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. Their home ground is Netherdale,which is famous for its Category A listed grandstand. Opened in 1964, the stand was designed by renowned architect, Peter Wormersley.

As Gala Fairydean, the club won the East of Scotland League on eight occasions. They have reached the Third Round of the Scottish Cup five times previously. The last time coming in the 2018-19 season.

John Collins is probably Galashiels most famous football son, he played some games as an amateur for Gala Rovers and then was signed as a 46 year-old for Gala Fairydean Rovers in 2014, due to an injury crisis at the club, Collins was and still is a club ambassador. However, Collins couldn’t receive clearance in time for the injury hit match.

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Penicuik Athletic v Pollok

Goals: Mullen, McKenzie, O.G, Forde, Duff, Maley

It’s the First Round of the Scottish Cup this weekend, with Pollok travelling east to take on East Of Scotland Premier Division side Penicuik Athletic.

Penicuik beat Rutherglen Glencairn 4-2 at home in the last round, their goalscorers being, Wardlaw, Forbes, Melvin and Buckle. Pollok would beat Benburb on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Newlandsfield.

Both clubs were involved in the South of Scotland Cup last weekend, Pollok broke their goalscoring record with a 13-0 win over Saltcoats, while Penicuik beat Dalkeith Thistle 3-1.

Currently, Penicuik sit 9th in the EoSFL Premier Division with a record of four wins and five losses.

Penicuik were formed in 1888, they play at Montgomery Park (formerly Penicuik Park). Their biggest achievement was reaching the Scottish Junior Cup Final in 1970. They would draw 1-1 with Blantyre Vics at Hampden Park and then lose the replay, 1-0. Their last trophy was the East of Scotland Football League Conference A title in 2019, where they would finish runner up in the Championship play offs to Bonnyrigg Rose. They are currently managed by Lewis Coult.

Former notable players include, Kevin Twaddle, Lee Bullen and former Hearts player and Australian manager, Eddie Thompson.

The last meetings between the clubs took place in the Scottish Junior Cup when, after a 1-1 draw at Newlandsfield, Penicuik would win 2-1 in the replay on February 1st, 2014.

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Pollok v Benburb

(Pollok win 3-0 on pens)

The Scottish Cup returns this weekend with a Glasgow derby clash, which sees Benburb visiting Newlandsfield.

Last season, Pollok enjoyed a Scottish Cup adventure, which saw us beat Girvan 6-0, Huntly 6-0, and beating Annan 4-3 under the lights at Newlandsfield, a match that was televised on BBC. The cameras then followed us to Somerset Park as we went down 1-0 to Championship side Ayr United.

Benburb were also in Scottish Cup action last season, they beat Fort William 4-0, Dundonald Bluebells 4-2 before Wick beat them 4-2.

The Bens returned to the WoSFL Premier Division this season and currently sit 8th in the table with a record of 3 wins and and 4 losses. Benburb were victorious earlier in the season when they won 4-1 at New Tinto Park.

Formed in 1885, the Bens have won the Scottish Junior Cup twice, 1934 and 1936. Paul Lovering took over in 2015, replacing his father Frank who was in charge for 13 years.

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