Today’s Scottish Cup results shows you where some clubs are at the moment in our system in Scotland.
There were tremendous away wins for Buckie Thistle and Linlithgow Rose at Albion Rovers and Brechin City respectively plus Banks O Dee, a junior football team in the NE of Scotland who won 3-0 at Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. Some fans may remember they were one game away from playing Celtic a few years ago There was also a magnificent home win for Tranent Juniors at home to former League Two side East Stirlingshire while Kelty Hearts also made it through.
Both Albion Rovers and Brechin City are in desperate trouble at the bottom of League Two and really should be looking over their shoulders with real concern as there are some ambitious clubs who are itching to make the step up the footballing pyramid. These are not just in the Highland League but in the Lowland League too. You only have to look at what has happened to clubs such as East Stirlingshire and Berwick Rangers in recent times. They’ve dropped out of League Two and are struggling to get back in.
This post is not meant to be a dig at clubs such as Albion and Brechin. These clubs should be looking at what Buckie, Linlithgow, Kelty etc are doing right now and think to themselves “we need to step our game up here” or we could be in big trouble. If they don’t pick themselves up, they could go the same way as Berwick or East Stirlingshire. It’s dog eat dog in this pyramid system and it could take years to get back to where they were. You only have to look at respective big names in England such as Hartlepool United, Darlington, Notts County, Chesterfield and Notts County to realise and look at how the once mighty have fallen.
The Highland and NE clubs did well today with many getting great victories including Banks O Dee, Fraserburgh, Buckie Thistle, Formartine United, Keith and Nairn County all making it through. All these clubs and others in the Lowland League and other forms will be eagerly awaiting the draw for the next round which is due to take place in a couple of days time.