Jan 20 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Friday
PERTHSHIRE’S sole remaining representatives in the Scottish Cup, are away tomorrow to Lanark United in round four of the cup.
A win would see Kinnoull equal a club record that has stood for 40 years.
It was season 1971/72 that they met Vale of Leven in the Scottish Cup fifth round on their former ground Jeanfield Park, the Bowl, and lost out to the Lanarkshire side 2–0.
Kinnoull were disappointed not to get a game before tomorrow’s tie.
Last week’s East of Scotland game with Musselburgh, which was due to be played at Tulloch Park was called off.
However, Kinnoull boss Gavin Price did the next best thing and held a near full scale practice game.
Kinnoull are aware it’s a tough hurdle they have to surmount if they are to sustain their challenge for the cup and equal that long standing record in the process.
They are very much looking forward to the game and the good news from Gavin Price is that his skipper Chris Webster, who would have missed last week’s game with a niggling hamstring injury, has been back training and has felt no ill effects.
He will be in the squad tomorrow which Gavin expects will be at full strength.
Lanark play in the West of Scotland regions first division and they are currently10th in the table, having won three, drawn three and lost seven of the 13 games played. In their previous two games in the Scottish they accounted for Vale of Leven at home and Nairn St Ninians away.
The Kinnoull bus for the game will leave from Tulloch Park, Perth, at 9.30am. They will break their journey for a light breakfast at Carluke.
Any supporters wishing to travel in the bus should contact Charlie Grieve at 01738 446747.
Jeanfield Swifts, like the majority of clubs, had their game called of last week and as a consequence they lost their place at the top of the Central League table to one of their leading rivals in the race for the championship, Dundonald.
Dundonald were away to Lochgelly Albert who are also very much in the frame as one of the main contenders for the title and they won by the surprisingly wide margin of 4–0.
Tomorrow, Swifts are away to Rosyth and if form is any guide they should finish winners considering the fact that they are 12 points and six places ahead and above them in the table.
Manager Scott Brown will however be warning his players against feeling complacent and he would certainly be wise to do so as their opponents, who were candidates for the wooden spoon not so many weeks ago, have had a resurgence of form and are unbeaten in their last five outings.
They also have the distinction of being the only side to take points from Dundonald when they drew with them in their recent league game at Dundonald and they also knocked the Bluebells out of the Scottish Cup.
Their danger man is striker Dean Ogg who has scored 12 goals so far this season.
Swifts will be without their forward Jon Kelly (suspended) and there is still a doubt about John Anderson who has a hamstring problem.
He may have a late fitness test and has a 50/50 chance of making the squad. Scott Brown expects to have 17 or 18 available.
Bankfoot entertain Kirkcaldy YM and apart from the obvious of wanting to finish with the three points which could take them back into the top half of the table it would also give them revenge on the YM who beat them at this venue in the League Cup.
Manager Ian Duff said after the midweek training session that he would almost certainly have to go into this game without his midfield forward Ross Mitchell who is nursing a groin injury.
He said: “While Ross is responding to treatment I would be pleasantly surprised if he were to make it.” Ian expects to have a squad of 17 or 18.
The YM were one of the front runners in the championship race until a few setbacks has caused them to slip down to fifth place in the table and while they are still in contention a defeat in this Coronation Park clash could just about write “finished” to their now slim championship hopes.
Luncarty still at the foot of the table are away to Thornton Hibs who are two places and two points ahead of them in the table and obviously a win would lift them off that bottom rung.
The Bleachers lost last week’s game against Rosyth and although they went down 4–1 manager Mark Potter said: “We had as much of the play and chances but what has been our failing is our failure to take chances and again this proved to be our downfall.”
The Bleachers will have the same squad as last week plus midfield/forward Angus Wilson.
Newburgh after their convincing win at Thornton last week take on Crossgates Primrose at East Shore Park. They are a point ahead of their visitors and Alan Cameron’s side are looking to make it their second win on the trot.
If they do so and finish with the three points it will boost their chances of moving up to a mid table position. Newburgh have the same squad as did duty at Thornton plus their midfield player Bruce McAdam who has been out injured since September.
Striker Billy Carle has left the club to turn amateur.
Coupar Angus are at home to Lochee Harp and they will be hoping it will be third time lucky for this North League fixture after a couple of cancellations.
Coupar continue to be anchored at the foot of the table still without a point. They will have a squad of 17 which includes two trialists and are hopeful this will be the day that they will wipe that 0 off their points column.
TOMORROW’S fixtures: Emirates Scottish Cup fourth round – Lanark United v Kinnoull.
Central League – Rosyth v Jeanfield Swifts; Bankfoot Athletic v Kirkcaldy YM; Thornton Hibs v Luncarty; Newburgh v Crossgates Primrose.
North League – Coupar Angus v Lochee Harp.
Kick offs – 1.45pm.