forfar look for A response in historic irn-bru cup tie

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History will be made on Saturday as Welsh opposition visit Station Park for a Challenge Cup tie.

The Irn-Bru Cup was revamped in the summer to include sides from Wales and Northern Ireland, who enter from the last 16 round.

Forfar were drawn at home to The New Saints (TNS), who top the Welsh Premier League with a 100 per cent record after winning their opening 10 games.

After losing their own perfect league record at the weekend in a 3-1 defeat to Montrose, Loons boss Gary Bollan is hoping for a response in what promises to be an intriguing cup tie.

“It was a hugely disappointing result and performance on Saturday,” he said.

“There was only one team that looked hungry and it certainly wasn’t us. I can’t complain too much, we’ve had one defeat in 10 games.

“Our guys have set themselves a high standard and they were well below that.

“They don’t become bad players and a bad team overnight.

“This has gone now, we’ve got a different game to look forward to and it’s up to us to get the guys ready for it.

“On the back of a defeat it’s maybe a bit easier to step away from league duties. It’ll be a different build-up, a team coming up from Wales.

“The players will want to rectify their mistakes and put on a good performance. It was flat, we never played to the tempo we know we can.

“We had a gameplan which didn’t come off, we gave away possession and didn’t do what we wanted to.

“A few players were off the pace and these things have all contributed.

“The performance and result weren’t there but we’ve got to move on.

“Bigger picture, we’re seven points clear.

“We’ve only lost one, the players in there are upbeat about being top of the league and we’ll keep going.”

Forfar will need to keep a close eye on New Zealand international striker Greg Draper, who netted a hat-trick for the Welsh champions in a 5-1 win over Aberystwyth Town last weekend.

Former Motherwell and Ross County defender Steven Saunders, who made one Scotland appearance in 2010, is also in The New Saints squad.