Saints hopeful cup clash will go-ahead this week

The weather yet again caused the postponement of Banchory St Ternan’s Emirates Scottish Junior Cup clash with Vale of Leven.

Referee Graham Beaton called the game off on Friday afternoon due to the frosty conditions.

Banchory had tried to set up a league game if the Scottish Cup game was postponed but this option was also not possible.

The weather looks set to improve this week and St Ternan manager Craig Watson is hopeful the tie will go ahead on Saturday but admits it has been difficult to keep the players motivated over the last two months.

He said: “It’s been really hard to keep the lads’ heads up at training, as over the last eight weeks they know there is no final product at the end of the week.

“The players have been great and their attitude has been spot-on so fingers crossed we will get a game on Saturday.”

It has been nine weeks since Saints last played, the longest period without a match since the club entered the Junior ranks in 1993.

Banchory St Ternan Club Secretary Gordon Humble said the club will have to be prepared for a flurry of matches towards the end of the season.

“The club records show we are probably in for a fixture congestion when it comes to end of April and May.

“Normally at this stage of the season we have played an average of twenty-four games, this season we have only played nineteen.

“The number of League games played is usually an average of sixteen, but this season just ten have been played.

“Also the number of postponements are at an average of two per season, and this season seven so far.”

The Scottish Junior Cup tie has once again been rearranged for this Saturday (January 29) at Milton Park with the winner rewarded an away trip to Bonnyrigg Rose.

It was a similar story at Crombie Park where the pitch was again deemed unplayable for the third round Emirates Scottish Junior Cup tie against Broxburn Athletic, despite the best efforts of the Culter staff.

Culter General Secretary and Treasurer Albert Moirsaid: “Doug Milne and Groundsman George Aitken had laid covering down the centre of the pitch to try and offset the frost but to no avail.

The referee gave the pitch a thorough inspection but unfortunately it was deemed unplayable.”

Opponents Broxburn Athletic were able to organise a friendly match on Monday night with local side Easthouse, which they won 5-2.

Culter still have not played since they lifted the Grill League Cup in November.

The fixture remains the 3rd Round Emirates Scottish Junior Cup against Broxburn Athletic this Saturday (January 29) or the first Saturday after the conditions permit.

This will then be followed the week after by the 4th Round of this Cup where the winner of Culter v Broxburn Athletic will face Ardrossan at Winton Park, Ardrossan.