Qualifying Cup | Spartans (finally) face The Fulshie

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2023

The Spartans head to West Lothian for their second cup tie in as many weeks, with a visit to Bathgate where they take on Stoneyburn FC in the re-arranged East of Scotland Qualifying Cup fixture.

Last weekend saw Spartans require penalties against Dundonald Bluebell to progress to the Quarters of the South Challenge Cup and the Cardenden men will be interested onlookers on Saturday as they await the winners of this tie at home on Wednesday 22nd.

Dougie Samuel’s men head into the tie against the conquerors of Berwick Rangers in the 2nd Round and the Ainslie Park side will be keen to avoid becoming another Lowland League scalp for Steven Sharp’s side.

Spartans travel to Bathgate on the back of a 16 match unbeaten run across all competitions and will be keen to progress in a competition where they have lifted the trophy on ten occasions.

Stoneyburn FC, known better as The Fulshie, currently playing in the East of Scotland Third Division. The Club were formed in 1928 however they folded in 1958. From the flames, a phoenix of it’s former side reborn as a Junior Club in 1983/84 season, after years in the juvenile and amateur ranks.

Likely to feature for the hosts is new signing Bryden Nolan who joins after recently leaving Camelon.

It’s been a challenging season for The Fulshie who, despite a relatively decent start to their league campaign, haven’t been able to register a victory since November, a 3-1 win over mid-table Livingston United.

However, a home tie, the romance of the cup and unpredictable conditions could very well add up to an interesting 90 minutes of knock out football.

Kick-off is 2.30pm. Venue: Beechwood Park, Strathyre Drive, Stoneyburn, EH47 8DZ

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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