I, Ludicrous’ almighty single ‘The Highland League’ has provoked many a love affair with the lower echelons of Scottish football. Fans of the band, and the song, will have enjoyed a glance at this weekend’s Scottish Cup Second Round results. To the uninitiated, a man called Keith beat Vale of Leithen 3-1 all on this own, and he didn’t even require home advantage to do so. The team with the greatest name in British football, Inverurie Loco Works, knocked out Stranraer, though given that the Locies are riding high in the HFL and the men from Stair Park are struggling in the Scottish Third Division, keen observers may have seen this one coming.
The harshest result of the round saw Montrose strolling to a 3-0 victory over Banks O’Dee, the Gable Endies (yes, that really is their nickname) seemingly mercilessly ploughing on even though they were eleven men playing against the sides of a fast-flowing Highland river.
Results in full:
Queen’s Park 1-3 Livingston, Nairn County 2-4 Elgin City, Fraserburgh 1-4 Spartans, Deveronvale 2-2 Buckie Thistle, Whitehill Welfare 1-1 Threave Rovers, Inverurie Loco Works 2-1 Stranraer, Vale of Leithen 1-3 Keith, Forfar Athletic 4-2 East Stirlingshire, Cove Rangers 2-1 Annan Athletic, Selkirk 0-3 Irvine Meadow, Girvan 1-4 Wick Academy, Lossiemouth 0-2 Albion Rovers, Edinburgh City 5-1 Burntisland Shipyard Amateur, Banks O Dee 0-3 Montrose, Huntly 1-1 Auchinleck Talbot, Civil Service Strollers 1-2 Berwick Rangers