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banner Saturday, 6 January, 2001, 04:14 GMT
Scottish Cup team news
John Lambie this time hopes to stop a cup surprise
John Lambie this time hopes to stop a cup surprise
First-round Replay

Montrose v Arbroath

Premier League St Johnstone loaned their pitch covers to help the "second chance" Scottish cup-tie between Montrose and Arbroath go ahead.

Montrose youth players and backroom staff laid the covers on their pitch on Thursday evening.

Now Montrose manager John Sheran believes that his Third Division strugglers can grab their second chance after their one-goal defeat.

"We are raring to go and my younger lads have the experience of having played in a cup-tie - something they did not have the first time," he said.

"Because of the weather we have not played since December 9 and that first game, but we have been able to train well and the players are refreshed."

Montrose are still without Gareth Dailly but otherwise have a full squad.

The tie has to be replayed after it came to light that John Brownlie had unknowingly played two suspended players first-time round.

Exerienced midfielder Kevin Fotheringham is also now suspended for Second Division Arbroath.

Brownlie said: "It was an administration error and nothing to do with the players.

"Because of that, I hope the players will put it behind them and concentrate on the game. "

Second Round

Berwick Rangers v Cowdenbeath

Second Division Berwick have been hit by a flu scare.

Striker Paul Ronald and one of the younger players were kept apart from the others at training on Thursday.

Manager Paul Smith said: "Some of the others are not feeling too well and we will need to wait and see how they are affected. Hopefully, they will be okay."

Martin Neil is also ruled out with a knee injury.

Smith admits it will be tough to overcome the Third Division league leaders.

He said: "They are flying at the top of the league and they are a team with a lot of confidence."

Cowdenbeath caretaker manager Gary Kirk is looking to the experience of John Martin, Alan Lawrence and Jimmy Boyle to help claim victory.

"They went to the later stages of the cup with Airdrie and know what it is all about," he said.

"They have been pointing out how good it is to have a cup run - and how these lads could get the chance to play against some of their heroes in a later round."

John Paul Burns has taken an ankle knock and is Cowdenbeath's only injury doubt.

Buckie Thistle v Hamilton Academical

Hamilton dipped into their finances to travel north and stay overnight ahead of their tie against Highland League side Buckie.

Hamilton's Robert Prytz is a veteran of many cup campaigns
Hamilton's Robert Prytz is a veteran of many cup campaigns
David McFarlane is fit after being taken off early in midweek.

It is yet another opportunity for 40-year-old former Rangers, Malmo, Gothenburg and Atalanta midfielder Robert Prytz to strut his stuff in the Scottish Cup, a trophy that eluded him during his time at Ibrox.

Paul Lamberton and Brian Thompson are Buckie Thistle's only injury doubts.

Manager Alan Scott believes having home advantage could see his side manage a surprise result against the Third Division side.

He said: "If we can stick away a chance at home, we have the chance to progress, but it would be an uphill struggle if we had to play away from home."

Coldstream v Brechin City (Kick-off 1.30pm)

An early morning pitch inspection will be carried out at Coldstream ahead of the visit of Third Division leaders Brechin.

Brechin manager Dick Campbell said; "I have to decide if I will bring Roddy Grant and Moray Leask back into the side. It is a good problem to have."

It is Brechin's first meeting with the East of Scotland League side and Campbell said: "It's like unchartered territory going down to Coldstream."

Coldstream manager Jim McLean also has a full squad available but admits he will need all his resources to provide a surprise.

He said: "We are in the relegation zone in our league and we're under no illusions, but we're still hopeful."

East Fife v Queen's Park

Queen's Park and East Fife are no strangers to each other, having played four times last year when the Spiders were in the Third Division.

Steve Ferguson was player of the first round
Steve Ferguson was player of the first round
Fifers manager Rab Shannon said: "All our games last year were close and I think this will be too."

Shannon has Ray McKinnon and Steve Kerrigan doubtful.

He also has to do without striker Steve Ferguson, who has been presented with the player of the first round trophy for his part in the defeat of Albion Rovers.

Ferguson has since been sold to Tottenham Hotspur.

Queen's have Danny Ferry out injured Steve Marshall struggling, but Richard Sinclair could come into defence.

Goalkeeper Colin Stewart and defender Neil McFarlane, both on loan from Kilmarnock, will be left out so that they are not cup-tied.

Partick Thistle v Deveronvale

About 400 fans, many in fancy dress, will descend on Firhill from the Highlands determined to witness a cup surprise.

But Partick Thistle manager John Lambie has handed out a warning to his players against letting Deveronvale enjoy their party.

Lambie led Hamilton to that famous cup victory over Rangers in 1987 and said: "The cup is for shocks.

"It is the day that the smaller clubs can hand out a defeat to the bigger ones - and make a name for themselves.

"Tomorrow is Deveronvale's party piece and they will be out to show what they can do."

Partick's top striker, Scott McLean, is again sidelined by injury, but former Celtic defender Mark McNally is back for the Second Division leaders.

The Highland League club's secretary, Stuart McPherson, said: "Playing at this stage of the Scottish does not happen to us too often and our fans want to enjoy it.

"They went with a 70's dress look to Stenhousemuir and I am sure they will come up with something special for this tie."

Peterhead v Cove Rangers

Peterhead have equipped themselves well following their promotion to the Third Division, but Cove now lead the league their opponents once graced.

Home manager Ian Wilson said: "Only a few months ago, we were both Highland League sides and there is not much between us."

Cove striker Ray Yule returns to face his previous club and said: "We have got nothing to lose and all pressure will be on them as they are now a Scottish League side."

The visitors will be without the suspended Andy McGraw and the injured Mike Megginson.

Peterhead's only injury worry is midfielder Craig Cooper, who has been in bed all week battling against a virus and is doubtful.

Baldur Bett, son of former Rangers and Scotland man Jim, will make his final appearance before rejoining Icelandic side FC Reykjavik.

Spartans v Stirling Albion (Kick-off 2pm)

Spartans co-manager Sam Lynch is hoping that his club can reach the third round for the first time since 1979.

Spartans' Mark Thompson (right) in the qualifying cup final
Spartans' Mark Thompson (right) in the qualifying cup final
He has no injury or suspension worries and says that his biggest problem will be choosing 11 players from a pool of 18.

Lynch insists his East of Scotland side will not be in awe of the Second Division strugglers.

"We've drawn against senior clubs in the past but lost out on the replays," he pointed out.

Albion have been warned not to expect an easy ride by former Mickey Lawson.

Lawson is now manager of Whitehill Welfare, who defeated Spartans in a tough Qualifying Cup South cup final.

Albion will be without Hearts youngster Steven Riley, who has broken a foot three games into his loan spell.

Manager Ray Stewart said: "I have seen them twice and they are a strong confident side and will be hard to break down."

Stranraer v Dumbarton

Third Division strugglers Dumbarton are determined to attack when they visit Stranraer from the league above.

Sons manager Tom Carson said: "We have got to step up our game, but we are not going there looking for a draw.

"We will be positive, although we know that they have been playing well in their division."

Stranraer are second top, but manager Billy McLaren said: "We have watched them extensively so shouldn't suffer from a lack of knowledge.

"But what it did tell us is that it should be a difficult game."

Allan Jenkins has a suspension carried over from last year, but both Duncan George and Paul Blair could return for Stranraer.

Dumbarton's Joe Robertson has bruised ribs and is doubtful, while Kevin McCann also has a suspension carried over.

Elgin City v Queen of South

Match postponed. Rescheduled for Saturday 13 January.

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