A frozen pitch at New Central Park called for some quick thinking from Kelty to get this Saturdays Scottish Cup Second Round fixture against Stranraer FC on, the result, a trip along the road to Starks Park thanks to our neighbours Raith Rovers  for an unusual 6pm Saturday Evening KO.

We head into the Second round after defeating fellow Non-League side Jeanfield Swift’s 2-1 at New Central Park on Boxing Day. Since then Barry Ferguson’s side haven’t been in action following the postponement of the first two league fixtures of 2021 against Bonnyrigg Rose and East Stirlingshire. It’s hasn’t been as quiet off the pitch as the Maroon Machine secured the signature of East Stirlingshire’s All-Time Top Goalscorer Andy Rodgers to bolster the side ahead of a busy fixture list. Rodgers will however need to wait a little longer to make his debut being cup tied for the Saturday Evening fixture.

Stranraer made their way into the Second Round via Lowland League opposition in the form of The Spartans. Since defeating Spartans 5-0 on Boxing Day Stranraer have been in league action only once, a 2-0 win against an Annan Athletic side that finished the game with 10-men. Two familiar faces from the Lowland League, Ruari Paton and Thomas Orr, were on the score sheet in that game and both will be very familiar with a Kelty Hearts side they have played in previous seasons.

 

Head to Head

Saturdays meeting will mark the first occasion we will have came up against League Two’s Stranraer FC.

Kelty have faced off against League Two opposition once already this Season beating Brechin City 2-0 at Glebe Park in the Betfred Cup.

Likewise Stranraer have faced off against Lowland League opposition once this Season as previously mentioned, defeating Spartans 5-0 at home.

 

Players to Watch

Darren Jamieson has been solid so far this season between the sticks helping Kelty Hearts to 11 Clean Sheets.

Ask Darren and he’ll put that down to a strong performance on the pitch from boys like Scott Hooper and Dougie Hill, but when called into action the Kelty Shotstopper has dome tremendous job keeping opposing strikers at bay.

 Saturday Evening will provide a real test for Jamieson as he’ll have to contend with a League Two attack however the Keeper will be able to call on his SPFL experience and will again be supported by an inform back line.

 

Photo Credit: Kevin Marshall (Twitter: @KayemPhoto)

Where to Watch

This Saturdays Scottish Cup Match will be Streamed live in HD on KeltyHeartsTV. You can purchase HERE

Shaun, Kieran and Mark will be joined by Stranraer’s Mike McLean in the Commentary box.

Use #KHLive on Saturday to give use your thoughts before, during and after the game.

Match Preview by Shaun Spedding