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National League duo ready to make their debut in the Scottish Challenge Cup

Two National League sides are set to make their first ever much anticipated appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup this weekend.

Those sides are Solihull Moors, who will be making a twelve hour round trip to Kelty Hearts, and Welsh side Wrexham will be hosting Ayr United who will make a 10 hour round trip.

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Why these two National League sides? That’s because they are the highest two clubs from last season that didn’t get promoted, they were invited into the competition by the SPFL at the Third Round, and they would need four wins if they want to reach the final.

There is also clubs from the NIFL Premiership, Welsh Premier League, and League of Ireland Premier Division that were invited.

Back when the draw was made last month, National League director Sid Blain said: “It’s a great honour for The National League to be involved in the Scottish Challenge Cup once again.

“Last season, both Sutton United and Boreham Wood performed very well, and didn’t concede a goal in any of their matches.

“Solihull Moors and Wrexham will be strong candidates going into the competition this campaign.”

Kelty Hearts compete in the Scottish Lowland League and are managed by former Rangers, Birmingham City and Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson. His side defeated Annan Athletic away from home in the previous round 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, no extra time is required. The first round saw Solihull’s opponents beat Kilmarnock U21s 4-0.

Wrexham’s opposition Ayr have only just joined the competition. They play in the Scottish Championship and finished 4th last season.

 

After fans of each side found out who they were drawn against, they took to their club’s social media page to give their reaction with some giving their thoughts on the competition itself – see what they made of it on the next page.

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