Burntisland Shipyard have been drawn away from home in the preliminary round of the Scottish Cup for the tenth year in a row.
Players, staff and committee members at the Shippy could be forgiven for thinking the footballing Gods are against them as the club once again doesn’t have the help of home advantage.
Shipyard are already well into their pre-season preparations and on Saturday beat Strathspey Thistle of the Highland League 3-1 on their home patch in Grantown on Spey.
Adam Doig scored his first hat-trick for the club.
Boss Myles Allan says he’s happy with how his side is shaping up in pre-season, and has already started making plans for the Scottish Cup clash.
He said: “Pre-season has gone well so far with good performances in all three friendlies up to now, including a win against Strathspey Thistle of The Highland League on Saturday.
“With regards to the Scottish Cup draw, it could have been better and worse.
“I wanted to avoid Edinburgh City and Cove Rangers as well as the big junior clubs.
“So, we did that but I watched Lothian Thistle at Bo’ness Juniors, the East Region champions, and they were pretty evenly matched so this is definitely going to be a tough match.
“But we’ve beaten teams from their division a couple of times in the last year so we are definitely capable of getting a result if we play to our potential.
“It’s quite unusual that in ten successive draws the Shipyard have been drawn away in every single one of them.
“I’d be interested to know what sort of odds William Hill would offer you for that.
“There’s no point in complaining though.
“It is what it is.
“If we want to progress, we need to go through to Edinburgh and put in a performance.”