No date change for all-Highland Scottish Cup fixture

Paul Lawson

Formartine United have failed in a bid to move next week’s fourth round Scottish Cup tie against Cove Rangers to Tuesday.

The sides were due to meet last Friday but North Lodge Park failed a pitch inspection with the game rescheduled to Wednesday, January 31.


Scottish Cup: Formartine United v Cove Rangers match re-arranged

The Pitmedden side had hoped to move the game forward 24 hours to avoid a clash with Fraserburgh’s meeting with Rangers at Bellslea but those plans have now been shelved.

Formartine manager Paul Lawson said: “We thought moving the game to Tuesday night would help a lot of people out.

“Sky Sports were on the phone to me earlier saying that moving the game to Tuesday night would have helped them out massively with showing the highlights.

“It made sense to me that with the Fraserburgh match against Rangers possibly being shown live on television that our game was moved to the Tuesday.”

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran said he was unaware of the proposition but would have had no complaints if the game had been moved.

He said: “From a playing perspective, we would have no problem with that whatsoever.

“Over the years I’ve always advocated a Tuesday night for Highland League games.

“If it’s good enough for Premiership teams then surely it’s good enough for our own league.”