Overnight frost puts paid to Junior matches

WHEN the Carnoustie Panmure’s working committee arrived at Laing Park on Saturday prior to their game against Lochee United, they found some parts of the pitch, notably the goalmouths and centre-circle, fairly firm as a result of an overnight frost.

As the morning wore on, it seemed to be getting colder and the frost-bound areas became harder, so it was decided to call for a pitch inspection which was carried out at 10.15 a.m. by local referee, Mike Roncone, who immediately gave it the “thumbs down”.

Tomorrow’s match

As a result of the wintry weather only eight junior games took place in the whole of the country.

Several Scottish Cup replays have still to be resolved, and this has thrown league secretary John Reilly’s plans into disarray. To have as few teams as possible idle, he has continued most of Saturday’s fixtures on to tomorrow.

This means that the Gowfers are again programmed to meet Lochee United at Laing Park. Kick-off will again be at 1.45 p.m.

Broughty Athletic are scheduled to play Tayport tomorrow (Saturday) after the postponement of Saturday’s game due to the severe frost. The kick-off will be 1.45 p.m.

Although groundsman, Alec Middleton, worked hard and had the pitch in great condition, the referee deemed that it was still too hard in places, and declared it unplayable.

It was very frustrating for all concerned, but the referee’s decision had to be respected. The squad had an hour’s training session at Soccerworld.