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Quarter Final Place up for Grabs in Troon!

31st January 2024

A unique journey lies ahead for the Braves this weekend, when we travel to face Troon in the South Challenge Cup Round of 16.



Our fourth tie in the competition this year, having dispatched of St Cuthbert Wanderers, Girvan and East Stirlingshire in previous rounds. 

Last year, we reached the semi-final of the competition, narrowly losing out to eventual winners The Spartans.

The prize for the winner this weekend... a place in the quarter final!


Opposition Insight

The Braves will be travelling west for this one, as we head to the seaside town of Troon, a famous golfing location within the Open Championships.

The town of course boasts a football team too, with Troon FC currently playing in the West of Scotland League.

The Seasiders currently sit in 13th position in the competitive division, following a 2-2 draw away to Troon in their previous league game.

Pele alongside one of his famous Brazilian squads actually donned the park of Troon during the 1960's. Within their preparations for the '66 World Cup, Pele took in a training session at Portland Park and the Braves players will get the chance to follow in his footsteps this weekend!

Braves form

The Braves come into this one in decent form, after drawing all three games in the month of January. 

This augmented a run of just one loss in seven, as we look to narrow the gap to a small pack of teams ahead of us in the league standings.

Last week, Josh Gemmell grabbed us a late point with his last gasp equaliser against Tranent, although we could easily grabbed all three points on the afternoon. Highlights here

We'll unfortunately be without Aiden Clocherty however, after the winger picked up a hamstring injury in training before last week's game.

How to follow

We'll once again be live on X/Twitter Spaces with Callum providing commentary from Troon. Live updates will also follow on the app as ever

Game information

  • Portland Park
  • 2pm kick-off
  • Bar open from 12
  • Ticket - £8/£4/Free


...and in case you missed it

This year we've launched a new series called Inside Matchday, taking you inside a game with the Braves.

We've been really excited to deliver this concept, full with interviews and insights from the people who make the club run!

If you missed this week's episode away to Tranent, check it out now at the link here.

(and of course another big episode will follow our trip to Troon!)

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