Snow and ice are the only winners...

THE snow and ice may be thawing but the Arctic weather has again forced the cancellation of football games across the district for the third week running.

Campsie Minerva last played on November 24. The team are due to play Strathclyde University in the fourth round of the Scottish Amateur Cup. This fixture takes priority and the club must get this played before they can play any other game.

With the festive season looming amateur football will close down until January 8 as Christmas and New Year fall on a Saturday.

Club secretary Wilson McMillan said: "The lack of games and training is a concern to us. Training outdoors in icy conditions is not an option so we, along with many other clubs, struggle to secure indoor facilities. We are doing our best for the players and have managed to get bookings at Allander Sports Centre's indoor facility."

Campsie Black Watch's game against St Peters was cancelled on Saturday due to a snow covered pitch at Giffnock. They hope to play Strathclyde Colts in the league cup at Station Road on Saturday. Kick-off 1.30pm.

Tote numbers were 43 and 27. No winners 300 next week.

Campsie Black Watch hold their annual Sportsman Dinner at Smiths Hotel, Kirkintilloch, on Sunday, January 30, at 7.30pm. Main speakers are Paul Reid and John Gahagan. For tickets or to book a table, contact Tony on 07767 463745.

Campsie Black Watch 19s had a fundraising bike ride from Station Road to Blanefield and back. It included girls from Glenluggie Road in Waterside, Shonna McIntyre, Kylie Anderson, Janet Wood and Barbera McEwen, also the girls from Birdston Kennels, Pauline, Linda and Nicole.

Campsie Black Watch thank all the girls for helping to make the event a great success; the club raised 1,200.

Campsie Black Watch Under 19s play Dean Thistle from Kilmarnock at Toryglen indoor astro grass next Saturday, 2pm kick-off.

The icy conditions have come at a bad time for Lenzie Under 14s who were on a good winning run. Their next opponents are Antonine Blacks.