Local football side Civil Service Strollers are back in Sottish Cup action tomorrow when they travel to the Borders to face Hawick Royal Albert in the first round replay.
The clubs shared the spoils last week at Christie Gillies Park with late goals from both sides taking it to a replay.
Strollers captain Stuart Burnside says he and his team-mates are desperate to make it third time lucky against their Lowland League counterparts.
The winner of tomorrows replay with be further rewarded with a second-round trip to League 2 side Berwick Rangers on October 22.
Burnside said “It’s a huge incentive for us to get through this weekend with the winners being drawn against Berwick.
“But first and foremost we’ve got to get past Hawick tomorrow before we can even think about that.
“You want to play in the big games so it’s days like this when the decision to move up to the Lowland League is all the more worthwhile.
“I didn’t play in the first game of the season as I was Best Man at my friend’s wedding but from what I understand it was a bit of a freak result and it probably is still at the back of folks’ minds.
“So we need to prove we are a better team than what we showed on that day.
“We have done well in other games this season and have maybe just not got over the line. We were close against East Kilbride (lost 2-1), we drew with Spartans (2-2) so there’s only so much you can say, you can’t just keep saying ‘oh we’re nearly there’.”
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at Albert Park, Hawick at 3:00pm, follow us on twitter for live updates over the course of the game.
Spartans will make the trip to Dumfriesshire to face Dalbeattie in the Lowland League.
Dougie Samuel’s men are currently four points adrift of Kilby in second spot but will breed confidence from last weekend’s narrow win over league newcomers East Stirlingshire.
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