Scottish Cup: Strollers face tough Kelty Hearts task

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Civil Service Strollers manager Alex Cunningham knows his side face a major task against East Juniors champions Kelty Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup Second Preliminary tie at Christie Gillies Park tomorrow (3.00pm).

Strollers were comfortable 3-0 winners over South of Scotland League outfit Newton Stewart in the first preliminary round three weeks ago.

But tomorrow’s opposition are an entirely different proposition, Super League winners Kelty boasting the likes of Stephen Husband, Devon Jacobs and Paul Currie – formerly of Forfar Athletic, Livingston and Berwick Rangers respectively.

Cunningham acknowledges his players are going to have to play to the best of their ability if they are to overcome Kelty - who are making their debut in the competition.

“It’s a massive game, it’s a new venture for a lot of the players against a club that have spent significantly to get to the level they are at in Junior Football,” said Cunningham.

“They have got players in their ranks who have played in the SPFL, they won the Super League league last season so it’s a big challenge for us,” said the former Spartans EOS manager.

“But I’m confident if we can frustrate them for long enough, we can bolster our prospects of getting a result.

“We’re going to have to be in their faces from the start and not get caught up in the moment, there’s an old adage in football that anyone can beat anyone on their day and if we show plenty desire and commitment tomorrow, I’ll be 
delighted.”