Disappointment for both local junior teams on Saturday

CARNOUSTIE Panmure’s scheduled away fixture against Kinnoull in the ACA Sports East Premier League on Saturday was called off at 8.45 a.m. after an early morning pitch inspection revealed Tulloch Park, Perth, heavily waterlogged and totally unplayable.

It was the Gowfers’ ninth postponement of the season and makes it the worst for several years, if not ever.

With the heavy rain persisting well into the morning and most of the potential training areas waterlogged, manager Ian Gilzean gave his troops the day off.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie hope to host Whitburn in the league.

Incredibly, this will be the seventh attempt to play the fixture as the previous six were postponed due to a mixture of snow, ice and waterlogged pitches.

Whitburn have enjoyed something of a resurgence of late and visit Laing Park on the back of two excellent wins, a 2-1 home victory over St Andrews United two weeks ago followed by a 3-1 win away to Arniston Rangers at the weekend.

Kick-off time is 2.15 p.m.

Broughty Athletic

The Broughty Athletic v Musselburgh Scottish Junior Cup fourth round tie at Whitton Park was postponed following a pitch inspection at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Heavy overnight rain meant that the inspection was required and due to the extent of surface water the Broughty park was adjudged to be unplayable.

The tie has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) with a 2.15 p.m. kick-off.

When he heard the news Fed manager Kenny Cameron said: “It’s very disappointing but it’s no real surprise given last night’s torrential rain on top of what we’ve had recently.“

Other games

In the Premier League, sponsored by acasports.co.uk,. three fixtures were scheduled for Saturday.

The referee for the Arniston Rangers v Whitburn Juniors inspected the pitch at 8.45 a.m. and declared it playable but stated he would need another look at around 12.30 to 1 p.m. At lunchtime it was still snowing but the referee was content that the pitch was playable; Whitburn went on to win 3-1.

St Andrews United v Thornton Hibs was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch but top-of-the-table Broxburn Athletic v Glenrothes also went ahead, the visitors winning 3-2.

As a consequence of Saturday’s matches, leaders Broxburn remain top, three points ahead of both St Andrews United and Glenrothes but the chasing pair have both played three games fewer than Broxburn.

Whitburn have moved from second bottom to eighth and are now a point ahead of their opponents today Arniston. These are two of only five clubs who have so far reached the half-way mark in fixtures played.

ACA Sports East

Premier League

P W L D F A Pts

Broxburn Ath 13 8 4 1 38 21 25

Glenrothes 10 7 2 1 34 19 22

St Andrews Utd 10 7 2 1 18 11 22

Carn Panmure 12 5 3 4 25 20 19

Ballingry 9 5 3 1 23 26 16

Broughty Ath 10 4 4 2 23 20 14

Penicuik Ath 10 3 4 3 20 18 12

Whitburn 11 4 7 0 19 24 12

Arniston Rgrs 11 3 6 2 17 28 11

Kinnoull 13 3 8 2 17 35 11

Armadale T 9 2 3 4 14 13 10

Thornton Hibs 8 1 6 1 13 26 4