Scottish Cup Preview: Forfar Athletic

Our reporter Martin Fleming takes a look at League One’s Forfar Athletic, our opponents in the William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round…

League One outfit Forfar Athletic welcome us to Station Park for our first ever William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round fixture on Saturday 24th November. Forfar are coming off the back of a few great results, but have suffered also suffered a couple of heavy defeats which BSC Glasgow manager Stephen Swift will have been keeping a keen eye on.

The Loons sit fourth in the table after a lightning  start to their campaign, something few would have predicted from the side who finished eighth last season.

Jim Weir’s squad have maintained a balance in their league table winning five matches, losing five and drawing three so far. In recent weeks, they have achieved impressive victories over Stenhousemuir, Airdrieonians, and League One title contenders, Raith Rovers in a massive 3-2 win.

However, their good form and three consecutive wins came to a halt last weekend when they suffered a massive 4-0 defeat to Brechin City – who currently sit in fifth place, one  – a game that showed exactly how tight the margins can be in the SPFL.

Forfar fans will be desperate, no doubt, to get through to the Fourth Round and put to rights their performance in this competition last season.

Their opening game in the Third Round saw them on the receiving end of a surprise defeat by Highland League Formartine United. Although the final score was only 1-0, it is something we can keep at the back of our minds and seek to use that result, if not the performance, as a blueprint.

Forfar Athletic will know they have a point to prove and will be keen to hammer it home on the park.

The BSC Glasgow defence will need to prepare for Forfar’s John Baird who is the Loon’s top scorer with five so far this season, but it isn’t just that which makes him a threat. He recently joined the side, in a player/assistant manager role meaning he’ll play a massive part in preparing his team’s tactics.

Mark Hill, on loan from Celtic, is a highly touted youngster to watch out for while former Spartans man Eddie Malone has vast experience in the SPFL and the lower leagues and his experience could prove vital.

Don’t forget – there’s still time to book one of the last few places on the bus to Forfar for the match! Just call/text George on 07446 281 332.