Freeze! Nobody play any sport in East Dunbartonshire...
THERE was frustration for Rob Roy players, fans and management on Saturday when a second successive weekend of league action fell foul of the weather.
Rabs’ away match against Glenafton Athletic was postponed due to a frozen pitch – with all other games in the league following suit.
And, with temperatures expected to remain low, Rob Roy gaffer Jimmy Lindsay fears more fixture casualties in the coming weeks.
He said: “It wouldn’t have made any difference if it had been a home game as our pitch is one of the worst affected.
“The frost has really set in and it’s badly rutted.
“I’m told it would take temperatures of nine or 10 degrees for around three days for it to become playable. That doesn’t look likely at the moment.
“We just have to keep on training to make sure the players are fit for when they do get a game.
“It’s hard because all the teams are trying to book the same indoor facilities at the moment. We’re training at Soccerworld on Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, which is keeping them ticking over.”
This Saturday the Kirkintilloch team are scheduled for an away game against Arthurlie, but it’s already looking doubtful that it will go ahead.
Lindsay said: “Their park is frozen as well. I don’t know how it is at the moment, but frost is forecasted until Friday so unless they get some very different weather on the coast it looks unlikely.
“At least all the teams are in the same boat so, when we do get back into action, it’ll be a level playing field for everybody.”
Weather willing, Rob Roy take on Arthurlie at Dunterlie Park on Saturday, Kick-off is at 1.45pm.
* Rossvale FC were due to take on Wishaw Juniors away on Saturday, but the game was called off. The Bishopbriggs side have not played a competitive game since November 10. The next scheduled match is at home to Vale of Clyde FC on December 29.
* Campsie Black Watch’s game with Glasgow Amateurs was cancelled because of ground frost on Saturday. Watch had managed to get a booking at Broadwood Stadium with a 4pm kick-off. Players and committee were disappointed that the weather prevented this great opportunity.
This Saturday, Watch are due to play Tower Hearts in a league game at Toryglen indoor astro grass, noon kick-off. Tote numbers for Saturday were 29 and 27. There was no winner, £900 next week.
* Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare’s game was off at weekend due to bad weather. The Miners have not played now in four weeks, with manager D Brownlie saying it’s a big concern for players’ fitness.
* THE scheduled clash between Allan Glen’s RFC and Newton Stewart was called off on Saturday. The frozen pitch at the Bearyards is pictured above. This Saturday, Glens are due to play Helensburgh in Bishopbriggs – kick-off at 2pm.
* Lenzie RFC’s trip to Waysiders was also poleaxed by the weather at the weekend. This Saturday, Lenzie are due to take on McLaren away. Kick-off at 2pm.
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Weather for Kirkintilloch
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 11 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 5 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: North east