Culter boss happy to get playing!

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Culter co-manager Andy Gibson was pleased with the effort his players put in after the 0-0 draw with Broxburn Athletic last weekend.

It was the first game in nearly three months for Culter, who now face a trip south to Broxburn in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 3rd round replay this Saturday (February 12).

The match was moved to Links Park in Montrose after pressure from Junior bosses to guarantee the game was played.

The pitch at Links Park is of artificial grass, a similar surface of the Broxburn pitch and the Culter manager felt this benefited the Southern Premier League side.

He said: “Broxburn started the game better than us and I think that was due to the fact they play on Astroturf but after about fifteen or tenty minutes we started to adapt to the surface.

“We then created a couple of good chances and finished the first half the stronger team,

“The second half was pretty even with not too many chances at either end.

“With twenty minutes to go we went with three up front trying to get a goal but it wasn’t to be.

“Overall, I was pleased with the performance after going eleven weeks without a game, so we will go into the replay with confidence.”

It will be a huge ask for Culter to beat Broxburn Athletic on their own pitch. Broxburn currently sit top of the ACA Sports East Premier League and have yet to lose at Albyn Park.

Gibson, however, is remaining positive and believes his team can still make it through to the fourth round to face Ardrossan at Winton Park.

He said: “We know they are undefeated at home on their Astroturf pitch but we will go down there and try and get at them because we did cause them problems in the first game.”

See page 39 for Culter v Broxburn Athletic match report.