THE longest road trip in Elgin City’s history will mark the start of an era without their most successful manager.
City began their trip to Oswestry to take on Welsh champions TNS in the Irn Bru Cup on Friday, with the tie kicking off at 4.30pm on Saturday.
The Moray side will be bossed by Gavin Price, Jim Weir’s number 2 before the manager left this week to become boss at League 1 Forfar.
Weir, who took Elgin from bottom of League 2 to the play-offs, broke club records and laid claim to the best record of all City managers since they were elected to the Scottish League in 2000.
He also led the club to the last sixteen of this year’s Irn Bru Cup but won’t be there to see their bid to reach the quarter-finals this weekend.
In a match screened live on Welsh TV, the Borough Briggs men face stern opposition against a full-time outfit who have won the Welsh title for the past six years.
The Black and Whites will be without loan duo Lewis Strapp and Bruce Anderson who are cup-tied to their parent clubs Morton and Aberdeen.
In the Highland League on Saturday, champions Buckie Thistle are going for four wins in a row when they pay a visit to Inverurie Locos.
Jags are without Chris Angus, Sam Urquhart, Stuart Taylor and John Maitland while Hamish Munro may have to feature on the bench despite being injured.
There’s two Moray derby games at Grant Park in Lossiemouth and Keith’s Kynoch Park.
Lossie will again have caretaker duo Iain MacRae and Ian Campbell in charge when they play host to Forres Mechanics.
The Coasters reached the North of Scotland Cup final in midweek while Forres lost their semi-final at home to Brora Rangers.
Simon Allan is set to return for Mechanics but Craig McGovern and Ruari Fraser miss out.
Keith have picked up form in the past two weeks with a Scottish Cup win at Gala and a battling 3-3 draw at home to Lossie.
They host Rothes, who exited the cup against Edusport Academy last week and will have player assistant Daniel Moore missing.