AN AUCHINLECK Talbot player was left ‘gutted’ after MISSING his own stag weekend to play in the Junior Scottish Cup.

Mark Shankland “couldn’t believe it” when he realising the dates for the stag-do clashed with the cup-tie – and had to wave off his pals who went anyway – jetting off to sunny Benidorm without him.

Mark said: “They all went to Benidorm for my stag do but I couldn’t go because the cup final dates.

“I was really happy we got to the cup final but definitely a bit gutted I wouldn’t get to go with the boys.”

Although long-serving local player Mark was a good sport and was happy they still got to enjoy the holiday, he couldn’t help but feel a little jealous.

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He was forced to stay home and focus on the game missing out on all the fun but his pals were kind enough to send him plenty of pictures.

Mark added: “I tried not to keep up with them too much because I was jealous I didn’t want to know about all the fun they were having without me.

“I’m happy for them and they had a good time but I wish I had been there.

“We had booked the stag a couple months ago, I had tried to hold it back as much as possible until we got the cup dates but it got too close so I just took a guess and got it one weekend too soon.

“I couldn’t believe it when I realised.

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“Someone went in my place so I never lost out on money for the holiday but it was still really disappointing I couldn’t go with them.”

But Mark isn’t feeling too down as he looks forward to tying the knot in the next few weeks.

“I’m getting married on June 15, which I am really excited for. It will be brilliant.

“Me and the boys are talking about maybe going somewhere about new year to make up for it, hopefully.”