THE draw for the preliminary round of next season’s Scottish Cup has lined-up a mouthwatering clash between Border adversaries Hawick and Melrose at Mansfield Park on 31st August. The two clubs will not meet in a league game this year after Melrose dropped to National League One as part of the reshuffle which accompanied the introduction of Super 6, so the opportunity to reprise their fierce rivalry in the knock0out competition will be eagerly awaited by supporters.
Elsewhere in the draw, Watsonians face a long trip north to Inverness to take on Highland, Dundee host last season’s league and cup double winners Ayr, Currie Chieftains are at home to Biggar, Musselburgh meet Glasgow Hawks at Stoneyhill and Aberdeen Grammar welcome Marr to Rubislaw.
Boroughmuir, Cartha Queens Park, Edinburgh Academical, Gala, GHA, Heriot’s, Jed-Forest, Kelso, Selkirk and Stirling County have received byes in the first round.
Scottish Cup 2019-20
Preliminary round draw –
Highland v Watsonians
Dundee HSFP v Ayr
Currie Chieftains v Biggar
Musselburgh v Glasgow Hawks
Hawick v Melrose
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby v Marr
Byes: Boroughmuir, Cartha Queens Park, Edinburgh Academical, Gala, GHA, Heriot’s, Jed-Forest, Kelso, Selkirk and Stirling County.
Other dates –
First Round – Saturday 26th October 2019
Quarter Final – Saturday 25th January 2020
Semi-Final – Saturday 28th March 2020
Final – Saturday 25th April 2020