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Peterhead v Stranraer Scottish Cup Preview

Stranraer badgeWILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP

THIRD ROUND:

PETERHEAD v STRANRAER

(Saturday, November 1: Balmoor Stadium, 3pm)                   

Stevie Aitken says Stranraer's five-goal demolition of Peterhead will count for nothing when the sides clash in the cup tomorrow.
The Blues moved into the League One promotion play-off zone for the first time since the opening day of the season on Tuesday night. 
Jamie Longworth's double and goals from Willie Gibson, Chris Aitken and Danny Stoney secured a 5-0 romp at home to the under-strength Blue Toon.
But gaffer Aitken insists the result will mean little when the teams face each other again - this time with a place in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at stake.
He said: "It was a great victory and I always felt that we were in control of the game. We're delighted to be back in the top four.
"The fact that we're creating chances and things are clicking for us is really positive and I was pleased to see us score a few goals.
"But what happened in that game won't mean anything at the weekend. It's a different game, a different competition and they are strong on their own patch.
"Peterhead will be hurting. Nobody likes to lose by a scoreline like that. I'm sure Jim McInally [Peterhead's manager] will have a few players back and will be wanting to get through."
Aitken's men are unbeaten in seven games in the league and the manager reckons both Stranraer and Peterhead would have preferred opposition from different divisions in the cup.
He added: "It's one of the worst draws we could have had but this is the main cup competition and there is a lot of focus on it.
"We got through a few rounds last season and took Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a replay before going out. We'll be going up there to get a win."
Stranraer are missing Scott Robertson and Craig Pettigrew who are on the long-term injury list.

Supporters note: Should the tie require a replay, this will be played at Stair Park on Tuesday 11th November, KO 7.45pm

Stranraer 5 Peterhead 0

caitken1415smalljammerandstoneyStranraer: David Mitchell, Grant Gallagher, Jackson Longridge, Scott Rumsby, Frank McKeown, Chris Aitken (Steven Bell 70'), Sean Winter, Stephen Stirling, Craig Malcolm (Danny Stoney - 74'), Jamie Longworth, Willie Gibson (Barry Russell - 83'). Subs Not Used: Anthony Marenghi, Adam Forde, Daniel Tobin, Sam McCloskey. Scorers: Gibson (20), Longworth (59,81), Aitken (68 pen), Stoney (90).

wgibson1415smallPeterhead: Smith, Cox, Smith, Donaldson, Steven Noble, Brown (Richardson - 75'), Redman (Lawrence - 82'), Rodgers, Strachan, Rory McAllister, Stevenson. Sub Not Used: Jarvie

Referee: Alan Newlands Attendance: 329dstoney1415small

Scottish Cup Third Round Draw

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The draw for the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup was conducted at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh this afternoon by Billy Connolly and Margaret Bachelor of Sponsors, William Hill.
Full Third round draw:

Annan Athletic v Livingston
Arbroath or Montrose v Nairn County
Ayr United v Alloa Athletic
Dumbarton v Rangers
East Fife v Berwick Rangers
East Stirlingshire v Dunfermline Athletic
Edinburgh City v Brora Rangers
Elgin City or Forres Mechanics v Bo’ness United
Forfar Athletic v Cowdenbeath
Greenock Morton v Airdrieonians
Hurlford United v Stirling Albion
Linlithgow Rose v Raith Rovers
Peterhead v Stranraer
Queen’s Park v Albion Rovers
Spartans or East Kilbride v Clyde
Stenhousemuir v Brechin City

Ties will be played over the weekend of Saturday 1st November 2014.
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