Broch embark on their Edinburgh adventure

Civil Service Strollers travelled to the Bellslea in the first round of the Scottish Cup.
Civil Service Strollers travelled to the Bellslea in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

Fraserburgh Football Club will leave the Broch on Saturday morning to embark upon their Edinburgh adventure to find a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Looking to dent that hope will be Lowland League side Edinburgh City Football Club, who will, unusually, see the game played out at their Edinburgh City rivals ground, Spartan FC.

Having played Keith at the weekend, the Broch will be looking to continue their run of good form, left-winger-come-striker Scott Barbour returning to the side with the same form he enjoyed last season.

Manager Kris Hunter had their opponents scouted last fortnight, giving the Burgh something to work with as they head South for their Scottish Cup second round fixture, but he is unlikely to field a squad too dissimilar to that which played in their 4-0 win over Keith at the weekend.

The game itself will be played at Ainslie Park which will see the team play on a 4G surface, an artificial turf which will allow, as Hunter had told us last week, the Broch to get the ball down and play - the synthetic surfaces of modern surfaces withstanding heavy usage.

‘Plastic pitches’ as they are sometimes referred to came to light for many people with the 2008 UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester United, the game taking place at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, a ground that features an artificial playing surface. The surface for the final, however, at the Luzhniki Stadium was replaced by grass.

Fraserburgh’s Kessock Park also features an artificial playing surface, the Bellslea maintaining a natural grass surface.

Speaking ahead of the trip down to Edinburgh ahead of the game, assistant manager Mike Cormack, who had travelled to Edinburgh to watch their Cup rivals play, said: “It’ll be a tough encounter.

“They’re a decent, hard working side, so it’ll be interesting to see how we get on. I’m looking forward to it,” he added.

With no new injury concerns ahead of their trip South, despite a scare last weekend which saw Johnny Chalmers substituted before full-time after being brought down by a strong Keith challenge, the Burgh are set to leave the Bellslea on Saturday morning for the clash.

The Supporters Club are also running a bus to the game, leaving the harbour office at 8:30am, priced at £30 (adults) and £18 (seniors and juveniles).