It’s a return to Betfred Cup action this midweek as we head for Ochilview to take on League 2 side, Stenhousemuir.
It’ll be the first time since 2017 that we’ll have taken on the Warriors, with a second-half goal from Liam Buchanan enough to secure all three points in League 1 that afternoon.
Managed by Davie Irons, Stenny have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their league campaign with two wins and two draws in their opening 4 games. A 2-0 win at home to Edinburgh City at the weekend saw them climb to third in the league table, only two points behind leaders Queens Park.
In the Betfred Cup itself, goals from Botti Biabi and Callum Tapping secured a 2-2 draw with Edinburgh City with the Warriors claiming the bonus point with a penalty shoot-out victory. Their only loss so far this season came in the second game of the group, going down 2-0 at home to Airdrieonians.
With Alloa to come on Saturday, Stenhousemuir know that two wins could see them qualify into the next round so certainly all to play for for both sides.
Well-travelled striker Greig Spence leads the goalscoring charts for Stenhousemuir with 4 goals to his name this season, 2 of those coming in the win over Edinburgh City at the weekend. Having started at Celtic, Spence lists Alloa, Hamilton, Raith, Cowdenbeath and Arbroath amongst his previous clubs, racking up over 100 goals in total across each.
With Mark McGuigan, Botti Biabi and new recruit Tommy Muir to call on going forward, the Warriors aren’t short of striking options within the squad.
Club captain Andy Munro heads up the defence alongside Jonathan Tiffoney, brother of our very own Scott.
For the Lions, Robby McCrorie and Steve Lawson both miss this one due to being on international duty however Ciaron Brown may still be involved as he doesn’t travel to meet up with the Northern Ireland U21 side until later in the week. Long-term absentees Alan Lithgow and Keaghan Jacobs remain side-lined with injury.
Having picked up maximum points from the first two games, the Lions join 7 other sides who all still maintain a 100% record going in to tomorrow night’s fixtures. The best 4 group winners will join Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen in being seeded in the draw for the last 16 so a big incentive for the club to grab one of the 4 remaining spaces in the seeded side of the draw with two further wins this week.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Jack Hamilton & Lars Lokotsch.
How to Watch the Game?
Pay-Per-View for this one will be available from Stenhousemuir. This is priced at £8.00 and you can purchase/register for this by clicking here.
April 2017 – Stenhousemuir 0-1 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – Kelly, Longridge, Lithgow, Pittman, Cadden, Ke. Jacobs, Sinclair (70), Millar, Buchanan (76), Knox (66) & Todorov.
Subs – Maley, Reid, Halkett, De Vita (70), Ogilvie (76), Mullen, Sampson (66).
Scorer – Liam Buchanan (54).
Stenhousemuir Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 17
Livingston Wins – 12
Draws – 4
Stenhousemuir Wins – 1
Referee – Colin Steven.
Assistant Referees – Drew Kirkland & Calum Doyle.
Fourth Official – N/A.