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Wick-ed tie makes Stream dig deep.

Byline: Craig Swan

COLDSTREAM are set to lose money playing in the first round of the William Cup Scottish Cup - after landing an away tie at Wick Academy.

The team from the Borders landed the journey from hell after being paired with the Highlanders.

Coldstream face a 16-hour round trip of more than 600 miles by coach and have to leave on Friday lunchtime to get to Wick that night to prepare.

With a hotel required for the 20-strong travelling party - plus expenses for the coach - the SFA pay-out of around pounds 2000 for first-round entrants is likely to be exceeded.

Club secretary Allan Easton said: "We were due an away tie because we've had three or four at home recently.

"Obviously, we'd have preferred a derby against Whitehill Welfare but this is still a tie we will enjoy.

"We'll have to iron out the details but I suspect we'll have to be away around midday on Friday to start the trek to Wick.

"Our coach could well be in excess of pounds 1000 and although the SFA will reimburse some of the outlay I think it is fair to suggest we won't be making any money out of the tie.

"However, sometimes it is not always about finance.

"It's about the prestige of being involved in the competition and that is something for the club and the players to savour."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 30, 2011
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