Whitehill boss Lawson out to complete CV with win

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Whitehill Welfare manager Mickey Lawson is looking to “complete” his CV with a win over a league club after his side were drawn at home to East Stirlingshire in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Lawson is pleased the tie will be at Ferguson Park and thinks his team can overcome their SPFL League Two opponents.

He said: “We’re delighted it’s a home draw. Our players and fans will think we have a chance, and we have got one.

“In my tenure in the 90s we had a lot of draws against league sides and got beat in replays but we never managed to beat any of them.

“My CV won’t be complete as Whitehill manager until we do. Whether it’ll be this season, I don’t know, but it’s something I’d like to have. That shows how difficult it is.”

Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City were paired with Junior club Auchinleck Talbot, and boss Gary Jardine is excited by the tie. “It’s a cracker” he said. “We’ve had a brilliant start to the season and this just adds to the excitement.”

Spartans, who as Lowland League champions entered the competition in this round, were drawn to fellow league outfit East Kilbride at home.

However, manager Dougie Samuel had a word of warning for his players. “I’m delighted first with a home draw,” he said. “However, we would have preferred a team from outwith the Lowland League.

“We’ve not beaten Kilby in the three matches against them so far so this is a tough draw.”

Super League champions Bo’ness United were rewarded for their convincing first-round away win over Selkirk on Saturday with a home tie against North Super League side Culter in yesterday’s draw.

The battle of the East & North junior champions – Culter having qualified for the Scottish Cup through their league title win last season – will take place at Newtown Park.

Linlithgow Rose, who host Highland League outfit Fraserburgh in their first-round replay this Saturday after a 0-0 draw in Aberdeenshire, will meet Lowland League side Dalbeattie Star at Prestonfield if they win this weekend.

Full draw: Fraserburgh/Linlithgow Rose v Dalbeattie Star; Edinburgh City v Auchinleck Talbot; Nairn County v Huntly; Arbroath v Montrose; East Fife v Threave Rovers; Spartans v East Kilbride; Bo’ness United v Culter; Berwick Rangers v Formartine United; Brora Rangers v Banks O’Dee; Cove Rangers v Annan Athletic; Elgin City v Forres Mechanics; Whitehill Welfare v East Stirlingshire; Inverurie Loco Works v Hurlford United; Gretna 2008 v Queen’s Park; Turriff United v Clyde; Stirling University v Albion Rovers. Ties to be played on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.