Caledonian Braves boss Ricky Waddell has no fear about drawing Edinburgh City away in Scottish Cup

Braves gaffer Ricky WaddellBraves gaffer Ricky Waddell
Braves gaffer Ricky Waddell
Caledonian Braves manager Ricky Waddell says he and his team are not worried about landing Edinburgh City in Sunday’s Scottish Cup first-round draw.

Waddell’s Lowland League outfit will be massive underdogs to prevail at a team currently sitting fourth in League Two when the sides clash in the cup on Boxing Day, and Waddell knows it will be a formidable challenge for the Motherwell side.

“It’s a very tough draw, but we’ll relish it,” Waddell told the Times and Speaker.

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“Edinburgh play at Spartans’ ground, so it’s a ground that we know well – it’s on the Astroturf – so we’ll go with no fear.

“Edinburgh are a decent side. I was speaking to a couple of people about them as well.

“It’s one of those ones where you’re thinking if we turn up and have a wee bit of luck and play as well as we possibly can, you never know what can happen.

“They will be favourites going into the tie. They have been doing consistently well in League Two since they got there, but we are looking forward to it.”

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Waddell thinks his men can take inspiration from how they got through last Saturday’s second preliminary round 2-1 cup success at Clachnacuddin despite playing with 10 men for an hour after Jamie Walker’s red card.

He said: “The pitch was really heavy. We dug really deep after the sending-off.

“From the outside, we’ve maybe been seen as a soft touch if we lose goals, but certainly Saturday was a real test for them.

“We went to 10 men, went 1-1 in the second half and had to really dig deep and we managed to get through, so that’s gone a long way to helping give us confidence. It’s given us a bit of a platform to go into the Edinburgh City game.”

Braves, who enjoyed a thumping 9-0 home league win over Vale of Leithen on Tuesday night, are again in league action this Saturday at home to Civil Service Strollers, kick-off 3pm.