Scottish Cup: Whitehill aim to snuff out Wick

Whitehill manager Grant Carnie

Whitehill manager Grant Carnie

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Whitehill Welfare claimed their first home win of the season last weekend, but there will be no home comforts tomorrow as they take on Wick Academy in the William Hill Scottish Cup first round.

Welfare will make a round trip of more than 500 miles to Harmsworth Park as they seek to reach the second round again, where they were eliminated last season after a 1-0 home loss to East Stirlingshire.

Grant Carnie was missing several players for last Saturday’s win over Gretna 2008, but the manager is hoping to have more bodies available for the journey north. “We’ve got a couple of guys that won’t be back,” he said.

“John Williams was injured against Dalbeattie and hasn’t played since. He’s got bruising on a bone in his foot. Nikki Murray’s probably been our best player at centre back up until last week.

“It’s good to have Sean Wringe back though after being on holiday for two weeks and Sean Martin was out for a couple of weeks but got a run out on Saturday. We’ve got a big squad but we need everybody.”

Edinburgh University are also in the Highlands as they travel to Granton on Spey to play Strathspey Thistle.

The Students have already gone a stage further than last season when, despite an impressive 2-2 draw away to Junior outfit Hurlford United, they were knocked out at the preliminary stage after losing the replay 5-0.

Preston Athletic are also up against Highland League opposition, but they are at home welcoming Fort William to the Pennypit.