Scottish Cup: Spartans boss Samuel aims to break Kilby duck

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SPARTANS are eyeing their first-ever win against fellow Lowland League side East Kilbride when they clash in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Ainslie Park tomorrow.

The teams shared four goals between them in the league earlier this season when a last-gasp penalty earned champions Spartans a 2-2 draw.

The North Edinburgh side have yet to beat Kilby since the formation of the league and manager Dougie Samuel knows his team will need to be at their best to break that duck.

“We’re looking forward to another tough encounter,” he said. “East Kilbride are the best side we’ve faced this season and have a system that works very well for them. I fully expect there to be goals as both sides like to attack and be positive.”

It’s been a while since Samuel has been able to pick from a full squad, and he will have to make changes again this weekend. John Grant misses out through suspension while Mikey Herd, Jack Beacher and Robbie Ross are all longer-term absentees through injury. Captain Kevin Sivewright will face a late fitness test along with Gary Cennerazzo and Jack Beesley.

Striker Donal Henretty is available, while there could be a call-up for U20s player George Hunter. The youngster will be looking to repeat his Youth Cup heroics from last week, when he bagged all four goals in a 4-2 win over Partick Thistle.