Saints on Scot­tish Cup duty this week­end

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East Kil­bride This­tle Oban Saints Scot­tish Cup – 4th Round A water­logged pitch at the Mur­ray, East Kil­bride, un­for­tu­nately forced the post­pone­ment of last Satur­day’s sched­uled Scot­tish Am­a­teur Cup fourth round clash be­tween East Kil­bride This­tle and Oban Saints. With more rain fore­cast for the later part of this week, both sides will have eyes cast heav­en­wards hop­ing to avoid an­other blank Satur­day.

Im­pact

Saints op­po­nents come un­der the um­brella of Scot­tish Ju­nior Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion West Re­gion League One club East Kil­bride This­tle who added the am­a­teur side to their ranks four years ago. Join­ing the Strath­clyde Satur­day Morn­ing Am­a­teur Foot­ball League for the 2015-16 sea­son, This­tle made an in­stant im­pact gain­ing pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion 1B after nar­rowly miss­ing out on the Sec­ond Divi­sion crown to cham­pi­ons Wester­com­mon.

The newly-formed club’s first sil­ver­ware ar­rived in just their sec­ond full sea­son when they edged out Holy­town Colts and Port Glas­gow United by a sin­gle point to clinch the Divi­sion 1B tro­phy and with it pro­mo­tion to the Premier Divi­sion.

Sea­son 2017-18 saw This­tle con­sol­i­date their new po­si­tion in the top flight with a mid-ta­ble fin­ish while adding the Strath­clyde Satur­day Morn­ing Am­a­teur Foot­ball League Chair­man’s Cup to their tro­phy cab­i­net after a thrilling 4-3 ex­tra-time vic­tory over Wind­law at New Tinto Park, Go­van.

This sea­son the Jags’ aim will be to im­prove their po­si­tion in the fi­nal league stand­ings where they again sit mid-ta­ble. League big guns East Dun­bar­ton­shire and UB United look set to bat­tle it out for the Premier Divi­sion tro­phy.

How­ever, a draw for This­tle against reign­ing cham­pi­ons Tynecas­tle cou­pled with wins over Glas­gow South, AFC Raven­scraig and Wester­com­mon Star gives the East Kil­bride men a fight­ing chance of a top-half fin­ish.

This­tle be­gan their Scot­tish Am­a­teur Cup cam­paign with a lo­cal derby against Clare­mont of Scot­tish Am­a­teur Foot­ball League Premier Divi­sion One. After go­ing in level at the break, the Jags had to come from be­hind to edge out their hosts by three goals to two.

Strug­gles

In the sec­ond round, This­tle had home ad­van­tage for the visit of Greater Glas­gow Premier Am­a­teur Foot­ball League Divi­sion Two strug­glers He­lens­burgh. The men from Ar­gyll’s strug­gles con­tin­ued when they were routed 6-1 at Ballerup.

The third round draw saw This­tle paired with Brae­head of the Glas­gow and District Satur­day Morn­ing Foot­ball League Premier Divi­sion.

Both clubs were de­lighted to stick with their cus­tom­ary 10am kick-off at Dru­moyne, in the shadow of Glas­gow’s new Queen El­iz­a­beth

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