PRESTON ATHLETIC boss David Bingham refused to look any further than Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup replay with Queen’s Park after his side were drawn to face League One side Ayr United in the third round.
The Spiders’ Ricki Lamie scored a 76th-minute equaliser at Hampden on Saturday to deny Bingham’s side a famous 2-1 victory, but a trip to Somerset Park awaits should the Lowland League outfit overcome League Two’s bottom side at the Pennypit this weekend.
Bingham, though, is content just to focus on the job in hand.
He said: “It’s another tough game, but the further you go, the harder the ties get. Saturday will be a tough one, though, first and foremost. Queen’s Park will fancy coming down to ours and putting us out seeing what the draw is.”
Whitehill Welfare are also in Scottish Cup action this weekend with Stirling Albion the visitors to Rosewell for their second-round replay. Highland League opponents Turriff United await the winners, a tie manager Mickey Lawson was happy to see unfold.
“When the Scottish Cup comes around, I always look for a draw I think my team can win when most others want the big one,” Lawson explained.
“I’ve always wanted my team to progress as far as they can, so Turriff is a chance for us. Having said that, we have our own Scottish Cup final against Stirling Albion on Saturday.”
Should Edinburgh City emerge victorious in Saturday’s replay away to Fraserburgh, the Capital outfit will welcome League Two’s Montrose to Meadowbank, a side they knocked out at the second-round stage last season.
Manager Gary Jardine said: “We’re just delighted to still be in the draw after Saturday. However, unless Rangers had come out then you want to get a draw that gives an opportunity of going through. After beating Montrose last season, the draw has given us that chance.”
Linlithgow Rose, who face a replay at home to Deveronvale on Saturday, would travel to Albion Rovers – conquerors of Spartans in the second round – should they overcome the Highlanders.
Scottish Cup third-round: Forfar Athletic v East Fife; Culter v Berwick Rangers; Elgin City v Dunfermline Athletic; Stranraer v Auchinleck Talbot; Alloa Athletic v Inverurie Loco Works; Ayr United v Queen’s Park or Preston Athletic; Rangers v Airdrieonians; Dumbarton v Cowdenbeath; Arbroath v Brechin City; Stenhousemuir v Buckie Thistle or Annan Athletic; Edinburgh City or Fraserburgh v Montrose; Turriff United v Stirling Albion or Whitehill Welfare; East Stirlingshire v Raith Rovers; Albion Rovers v Deveronvale or Linlithgow Rose; Clyde v Brora Rangers or Cove Rangers; Queen of the South v Hamilton Academical (ties to be played on Saturday, November 2).