Junior matches frozen off again

The Emirates Scottish Junior Cup clashes at Banchory and Culter fell to the weather again on Saturday.

Banchory St Ternan’s clash with Vale of Leven was called off by referee Craig Veitch at around 8am on Saturday morning.

Saints had been hopeful the game would go ahead but a layer of frost on Friday evening caused the ground to harden up and it was therefore deemed unplayable.

The third round tie has been rearranged for this Saturday (February 5) at Milton Park.

The winner will face an away trip to Bonnyrigg Rose the following week.

Culter will also have to wait to play their Scottish Cup tie as the game was also called off on Saturday morning.

Replacement referee Michael McNab inspected the pitch but the freezing conditions led to another postponement.

Culter’s attempt to find another suitable venue for the tie against Broxburn Athletic also proved unsuccessful.

The postponement means it is now ten weeks without a game for Culter.

The third round tie with Broxburn Athletic is scheduled again for this Saturday (February 5) at Crombie park.

The winner of the tie will go on to face Ardrossan at Winton Park, Ardrossan the following Saturday.

Football all around the area suffered, with the majority of amateur games also called off.

Games involving Banchory, Echt, Westhill, Feughside and Alford were all called off.

The long list of football postponements over the the last few months will now almost certainly mean clubs will have to play several midweek games when the longer nights come in just to get the season finished on time.