Scottish Cup: Edinburgh City will shuffle pack, Bonnyrigg Rose and Bo'ness do battle

James McDonaugh was less than impressed by Edinburgh City last time out.James McDonaugh was less than impressed by Edinburgh City last time out.
James McDonaugh was less than impressed by Edinburgh City last time out.
Edinburgh City boss James McDonaugh has vowed to ring the changes for Saturday’s Scottish Cup first-round visit of Lowland League outfit Caledonian Braves.

McDonaugh was hugely critical of his players' application during last weekend's 3-2 loss to Stirling Albion at Ainslie Park - the Citizens found themselves 3-0 down after 40 minutes.

And although a much-improved second-half display almost salvaged a point, the City boss was disappointed nevertheless.

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"There will be changes. It gives me the chance to give some game-time to some of the players who haven't featured a lot lately," McDonaugh said. "I expect Braves to come here and make it difficult for us so we'll have to be better."

Despite the defeat to the Binos, a result that saw City slip to fifth in League Two, the Capital side have been in good form this month and will be confident of progressing.

Meanwhile, there's an all-Lowland League Scottish Cup clash at New Dundas Park as Bonnyrigg Rose welcome Bo'ness United.

Both sides have fared well this so far this term, Rose currently joint second with visitors Bo'ness in eighth. The Midlothian outfit were inactive last weekend after their eagerly-anticipated clash with BSC Glasgow was postponed.

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Elsewhere, East of Scotland Premier Division outfit Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale will play Junior side Banks O' Dee at Livingston's Tony Macaroni Arena.

Lothian are currently sixth in Scottish football's sixth tier, nine points adrift of early pacesetters Tranent. The Saughton-based club reached the first round with a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Lossiemouth following an epic 4-4 draw.

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