Spartans boss calls on players to enjoy Stranraer test

Dougie Samuel takes his Spartans team to Stair Park in the Irn Bru Cup. Pic: TSPL
Dougie Samuel takes his Spartans team to Stair Park in the Irn Bru Cup. Pic: TSPL
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Spartans boss Dougie Samuel has encouraged his players to go and enjoy the challenge as he takes his Lowland League outfit to Stranraer tonight for their Irn-Bru Challenge Cup second-round tie at Stair Park.

The Ainslie Park side earned a crack at their SPFL League 1 opponents after comfortably seeing off League 2 opposition Berwick Rangers 3-0 at Shielfield Park 14 days ago and will look to stir up another upset this evening. However, Samuel insists it is an occasion he hopes his players go out and do themselves justice.

“We are looking forward to testing ourselves against higher league opposition again. But I am also going to use the game to get some match-time into two or three of our players,” he said. “There’s no pressure or expectation meaning we can go out, relax and enjoy the challenge.”

The Capital side romped to a 5-2 victory over Gala Fairydean Rovers in their Football Nation East of Scotland Qualifying Cup tie on Saturday, while opponents Stranraer crashed to a 5-2 defeat at the expense of top-of-the-table Alloa.

Midfielder Dan Ward will miss tonight’s trip south due to a hamstring injury, while Scott Maxwell is rated doubtful.