Following last season’s successful excursion into the Irn-Bru Cup, where we reached the semi-final stage, this time round it’s another familiar face, albeit at home, as we have drawn Livingston at Park Hall.
Our previous encounter against Livi, on the road in 2016/2017, ended in a quarter-final victory for TNS.
The upcoming game – along with the others – will be played on the weekend of September 2/3. Details will be confirmed in due course. *Update – the game is on September 3 at Park Hall with a 2.45 pm kick-off *
The competition began life in 1990 as the B&Q Centenary Cup, with Dundee the inaugural winners. Last season was the first time clubs from beyond the Scottish border were invited to compete and The New Saints, along with Bala Town, represented Wales.
Tbe draw was made this afternoon at the Falkirk Wheel. A renowned tourist attraction, the impressive structure is a boat lift that connects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.
TNS has joined the competition again at round two, with fellow JD Welsh Premier League side, Connah’s Quay Nomads also involved. Along with non-Scottish entrants, Linfield, Crusaders, Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers from both sides of the Irish border, twenty-six home-based sides were in the draw.
These consisted of the twenty-four winners from the first round, along with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk. The draw was unseeded, although there were certain restrictions.
For example, one Welsh (plus Northern Ireland and Ireland) side would be at home and one away and all non-Scottish sides would avoid each other.