Spartans 1 Pollock 0: Spartans leave it late in City Park's last Scottish Cup tie

SPARTANS booked their place in the second round of the Scottish Cup after Nicky Walker notched a late winner in the replay against junior outfit Pollock.

Former Stirling Albion striker Walker, who scored the equaliser in the first tie, took advantage of a misunderstanding in the Pollock defence before finding the net to set up a tie at former East of Scotland rivals Annan.

Both sides finished the encounter with 10 men after Pollock captain Stephen Miller was shown a straight red for an over-the-top challenge and Spartans midfielder Alex King accrued two cautions.

Shooting down the hill in blustery conditions, Spartans made a good start and went close through the lively Walker and Donal Henretty.

Pollock's first real chance came on the stroke of half-time when goalkeeper Chris Flockhart did well to push away Miller's header from a corner.

The match seemed destined to be heading for extra-time in a second half bereft of chances but Walker pounced following comical defending.

Pollock defenders Steven Aitchison and Derek Windgate ran into each other as they went to challenge Stewart Fowlie's long pass, and Walker, with Windgate on the ground nursing a head wound, picked up the loose ball before finding the net with a low effort.