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Rovers spot on to seal Scottish Cup progress

- Ben Banks

ALBION ROVERS ............................ 1 BRORA RANGERS .......................... 0

Albion Rovers vice-captain Aaron Lynas was relieved to see his side avoid a Scottish Cup shock - but he hopes they can now spring one themselves.

Highland League Brora Rangers stood between manager Brian Reid’s team and a place in the third round against Championsh­ip side Ayr United.

After a 0-0 draw away from home, Rovers got the better of Brora - who eliminated Hearts in last season’s tournament - 1-0 at Cliftonhil­l thanks to David Wilson’s first half goal.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we knew it was going to be an uphill test,” said Lynas.

“You saw that Clydebank beat Elgin City at the weekend - so we knew this type of game would be tough.

“We knew what they were about and we knew what they would try to do. So it was good for us to get that victory. You want to be playing teams in the Scottish Cup who are in a higher division than you.

“That’s what it is all about. You want to go on a good cup run, play big teams and go to stadiums you don’t usually get the chance to.

“We are really looking forward to that.

“It’s been a positive for me as a defender to get another clean sheet too.

“That’s what you want to be doing every weekend. We have done that over the last three weekend’s and hopefully we can do the same again on Friday night.”

Albion Rovers have kept three clean sheets in succession, following the two matches with Brora and a 2-0 League Two win over Elgin City.

Lynas and the rest of the Wee Rovers squad take on Edinburgh City in league action this Friday night.

The match takes place a day before the traditiona­l 3pm Saturday kick-off as the Citizens look to attract new fans.

“It’s a wee bit different for us build-up wise, as I can’t remember the last time I played on a Friday night,” explained Lynas.

“The game comes a wee bit sooner but our preparatio­n is the same.

“We are training the same and then the Friday night kick-off is a bit different.

“The majority of the team will be working through the day and then we’ve got the game, but I’d imagine Edinburgh are the same.

“It’s the same preparatio­n and hopefully with that, we will get the three points we need.”

Rovers are seventh in League Two and face Stenhousem­uir next Tuesday as a congested schedule begins to take shape for the Coatbridge side.

“It’s coming into a busy period but we can deal with that,” added Lynas. “The boys will be able to handle this no problem as we had a similar run last season.

“We were playing three times each week for a spell so we know what a week like this is all about. The Elgin City game has been massive for us.

“We just need to keep this wee run that we are on going.

“The boys are ready and looking forward to it.”

 ?? ?? Cup of joy David Wilson celebrates after his penalty and, inset, he’s mobbed by team mates
Cup of joy David Wilson celebrates after his penalty and, inset, he’s mobbed by team mates
 ?? ?? Pushing on Callum Wilson goes on the attack for Rovers against Brora Rangers
Pushing on Callum Wilson goes on the attack for Rovers against Brora Rangers
 ?? ?? Early bath Rovers’kyle Doherty (9) is given his marching orders
Early bath Rovers’kyle Doherty (9) is given his marching orders

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