David Bingham relishing Hampden return

Preston Athletic manager David Bingham, right, lost to Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2001 at Hampden.
Preston Athletic manager David Bingham, right, lost to Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2001 at Hampden.
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Preston Athletic’s reward for their heroic comeback over Huntly on Saturday is a trip to the national stadium to take on Scottish League Two side Queen’s Park in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Manager David Bingham, who himself reached the semi-finals as a player with Livingston in 2001, believes there is no better stage for his players to test themselves against higher league opposition.

He said: “I think it’s a fantastic draw for everyone connected with the club, especially for the players to have the opportunity to play at the national stadium. It will be as good a surface as they are likely to encounter and one I am certainly looking forward to.”

Whitehill Welfare have been paired with Stirling Albion, also of Scottish League Two. Whitehill manager Mike Lawson scored more than 90 goals for the Binos during a five-year career there in the 1970s.

He said: “It will be the first time I have been back there since I’ve been a manager. We would have preferred a home draw just for the financial side alone but we’re just happy to be in the draw.”

Spartans will travel to Cliftonhill to face a third League Two side in Albion Rovers. Edinburgh City, meanwhile, have been handed a more favourable home encounter against Highland League opposition, Fraserburgh who beat Civil Service Strollers in the first round.

Linlithgow Rose, who beat Nairn on Saturday, travel north to face Highland League outfit Deveronvale and manager Mark Bradley said: “It’ll be tough against another Highland team but we are going there knowing what the Highland League offers. They have good teams playing good football and it’s a pity though that it wasn’t at home in front of our own fans.

“We’ll have a good look at them the same way we looked at Nairn and do the homework again.

“They have a good set up and the ground looks the part so we’ll be able to play football. It’s going to be a big ask but the players know that and we’ll be going there to get a result.”

Full second round draw (Ties will be played on Saturday, October 5, 2013): Gala Fairydean Rovers v Clyde; Turriff United v Wick Academy; Albion Rovers v Spartans; Queen’s Park v Preston Athletic; Brora Rangers v Cove Rangers; Dalbeattie Star v Montrose; Edinburgh City v Fraserburgh; Berwick Rangers v Peterhead; Keith v Elgin City; East Stirlingshire v Threave Rovers; Stirling Albion v Whitehill Welfare; Auchinleck Talbot v St Cuthbert Wanderers; Formartine United v Inverurie Loco Works; Fort William or Newton Stewart v Lossiemouth or Culter; Buckie Thistle v Annan Athletic; Deveronvale v Linlithgow Rose.