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Huntly's Scottish Cup tie against Cumbernauld Colts has been switched to Cove Rangers' Balmoral Stadium and will go ahead tonight


By Craig Christie

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AT the fifth time of asking, Huntly are set to get their Scottish Cup match against Cumbernauld Colts played in Aberdeen tonight.

Ross Still wins the ball for Huntly in the recent league match at Lossiemouth.
Ross Still wins the ball for Huntly in the recent league match at Lossiemouth.

Cove Rangers have stepped in to host the match as Huntly's Christie Park pitch is still unplayable.

The tie was postponed on Boxing Day and attempts to play the game on the following Wednesday and Saturday, and Monday of this week all fell by the wayside.

Huntly tried to get the game switched to Cove's Balmoral Stadium on Monday with a 3pm kick-off but Cumbernauld rejected the move, and refused to travel north at short notice on Tuesday when Lossiemouth were willing hosts at their Grant Park home.

Read more: Scottish Cup dilemma for Huntly, and manager's view on Highland League season under new lockdown restrictions.

Colts are the second Lowland league side to play Huntly in this year's competition.

Allan Hale's side defeated Dalbeattie Star 3-0 at Christie Park in the second preliminary round on December 12.

Goals by Gary McGowan and Reece McKeown (2) won the day, but Huntly have only managed one game since, a 2-2 draw at Lossiemouth in the Highland League.

Alex Thoirs (right) misses Huntly's Scottish Cup clash.
Alex Thoirs (right) misses Huntly's Scottish Cup clash.

Hale still has several long-term injury absentees and now Alex Thoirs has gone offshore and misses the game.

However, Cammy Booth has been back in training recently and comes into contention for a place in the team.

The other first round tie yet to be decided will also go ahead tonight, weather permitting.

Brora Rangers' visit to Camelon Juniors was abandoned on Boxing Day due to a waterlogged pitch, and three attempts to get the match played since have failed.

It has now been switched to Westfield Park in Denny, with the winners at home to last season's finalists Hearts in the next round on Saturday.


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