Scottish Cup: Civil Service have high hopes

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Civil Service Strollers will hope that a seven-hour round-trip to face Fraserburgh tomorrow will yield them a William Hill Scottish Cup second-round berth.

Strollers crashed out of the national tourney at the hands of Aberdeenshire club Turriff last year but will aim to reverse their fortunes against north-east opposition in the first round tie at Bellslea Park. Tomorrow, they will travel 170 miles north minus a couple of regular players. In Strollers’ favour is a strong league record this season – they sit top of the East of Scotland Premier Division having won two and drawn one from four games.

“I would rather the match was this time next month, but the guys we have haven’t let us down,” admitted Andy Rayburn, the Strollers manager who continues to rebuild a squad hit heavily by departures in the summer.