Berwick boss John Coughlin believes his side have received a good draw after Berwick were tasked with a home draw against one of Hawick Royal Albert or Civil Service Strollers in the 2nd round of the 2016/17 William Hill Scottish Cup.
“It’s obviously an important one for us because, cash wise, we need to do well. The only way we have of upgrading the squad is by doing well in the Scottish Cup. I’ve been told that already.
“So a home draw against a Lowland League team has got to be considered a decent draw. We couldn’t get much better than that. It’s up to us to try and make sure we take care of business, get the job done as quick as possible, and move on.
“Either of the teams will be wanting to do a bit of giant-killing – and good luck to them – but we’ll be treating them like anybody else and doing our homework on them.
“We don’t have a lot of money to spend. Looking at some other clubs I’ve had a bit of an eye-opener and we’re not doing too badly at all in the league given what we’re spending. If I can go on, have a decent run in the Cup, I’ve been told money we bring in will be utilised on bringing in players. Obviously, that’s what we’re looking to do.”
With Berwick guaranteed to face a side from the Lowland League on Saturday 22nd October, the club will find out their confirmed opposition after this Sautrday’s scheduled replay in Hawick, after a 1-1 draw in the original 1st Round tie.
Berwick faced off against Civil Service in Scottish Cup action as recently as in 2009, when the two sides met in Edinburgh in 2nd round action, substitute Fraser McLaren firing in a brace to help the ‘Gers to a 2-1 victory.
And whilst the first-team haven’t hosted Hawick recently, the ‘Gers Development Team have featured against them in East of Scotland football as recently as 2014.
The Albert, along with the Strollers, are in their maiden season of Lowland League football, and currently sit 11th, 3 positions and 3 points ahead of their Scottish Cup 1st Round opponents.
The club will provide supporters with an update on the confirmed fixture following the fixture this weekend. Further details, such as admission prices, will be released in due course.
Scottish Cup 2nd Round Draw:
Annan Athletic v East Stirling
Banks O’Dee v Formartine United
Brora Rangers v Clyde
BSC Glasgow v Beith Juniors
Turriff United or Bonnyrigg Rose v Cove Rangers
Berwick Rangers v Civil Service Strollers or Hawick Royal Albert
Linlithgow Rose v Stirling Albion
Wick Academy v Whitehill Welfare
Preston Athletic v Montrose
Huntly v Spartans
Edinburgh City v Forfar Athletic
Cowdenbeath v East Kilbride
Leith Athletic or Cumbernauld Colts v Forres or Lossiemouth
Arbroath v University of Stirling
Gala Fairydean v Elgin City
Buckie Thistle v Gretna 2008