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BOTH The New Saints and Forfar Athletic are taking seriously their fourth round clash in the Irn-Bru Cup.

For the first time, two Welsh Premier clubs (and two from Northern Ireland) join the Scottish clubs in the restyled competition.

TNS boss Craig Harrison and his assistant Scott Ruscoe travelled to Cumbernauld on Saturday to watch the League Two table-topping Loons maintain their 100 percent record and gain a ninth successive victory in all competitions with a 1-0 win at Clyde's Broadwood Stadium, courtesy of a first-half goal from Tom O'Brien. 

The following day, Athletic manager Gary Bollan and first team coach Ian Flaherty headed south to watch the Saints win 2-1 against Carmarthen Town at Park Hall.

TNS will head north on Friday week to their Dundee base and will train at Station Park in the late afternoon in preparation for the tie, which is the following day, when Bala Town host Alloa Athletic at Maes Tegid.