On Sunday (November 12 2017) it’s back to Irn-Bru Cup action for the champions of Wales, as Scottish Championship side, Queen of the South, visit Park Hall. The quarter-final tie is a 2.45 pm kick-off.
The game is TNS’ third home draw on the bounce this season, in contrast with the 2016/2017 competition which saw three consecutive away matches. Wins at Forfar Athletic and Livingston were followed by a semi-final defeat at St Mirren.
Livingston have also been overcome this time round, along with Elgin City, as manager Scott Ruscoe looks to go one better than his predecessor, Craig Harrison.
This weekend’s opponents – known as the Doonhamers due to the accent of the locals, who when working away in the 19th century, referred to Dumfries as doon hame (down home) – have already played three games in the competition this season, having entered a round earlier than TNS.
A convincing 4-0 at home against Airdrieonians was followed by an even more impressive 5-0 on the road at Berwick Rangers. In the next game, conceding their first goal in the cup so far this season was a mere blip, as they ran out 3-1 winners at Montrose.
The club currently sits 5th in a ten-team Championship, having picked up twenty one points from twelve games. To bring their position into perspective though, they are just two points off leaders St Mirren.
Scott Ruscoe will be treating TNS’ opponents with respect, as indeed he always does: ” It’s a big game. They’re a good side, a mixture of youth and experience. It’s going to be a tough test and everyone needs to be at their best if we are gong to beat them.”
Admission to Park Hall will be £10 / £5 but if you’re not at the game you can watch it live on S4C’s Sgorio.
In addition, as always, TNS Radio will be bringing you commentary on the game with the link here on our website.