Bellshill and Thorniewood have fingers crossed for weekend

Bellshill in action during their recent defeat at Dunipace
Bellshill in action during their recent defeat at Dunipace

Junior sides Bellshill Athletic and Thorniewood United are hoping for better weather this weekend after once again being left on the sidelines last Saturday.

Waterlogged pitches forced the cancellation of Thorniewood’s Euroscot Engineering Central League Cup second round tie with Larkhall Thistle at Robertson Park and Bellshill’s Central League Division 1 showdown with promotion rivals Lesmahagow.

The call-offs were the latest in a series of postponements which have made it a miserable year so far and have threatened to create a fixture backlog.

Bellshill have played just five times this year, while Thorniewood have only been able to turn out four times and have played just twice since January 24.

Both sides have had nine of their last 14 scheduled league games called off and as result have been unable to build up any kind of momentum.

As a result both Thorniewood’s bid to extend their four-year stay in the Super League and Bellshill’s bid to get back there after a four-year absence have suffered.

Both sides will be hoping for better luck this weekend when they face vital league matches for differing reasons.

Thorniewood are due to play Neilston at Robertson Park with the Viewpark side in desperate need of a win as they battle for Super League First Division survival.

Andy Frame’s men are second bottom of the table and with four teams to go down a win is a must against a Neilston side who are fourth bottom, eight points ahead of Thorniewood but with three games more played.

The sides have already met once this season, Thorniewood going down 2-0 at Neilston in September.

Meanwhile Bellshill travel to Renfrew looking to get their bid for promotion to the Super League back on track.

Athletic remain top of the table, four points clear of Lesmahagow with two games more played, but have lost two out of their last three games.

Renfrew are in mid-table and are 12 points adrift of Bellshill, but also have two games in hand.

Both Saturday’s games kick-off at 2pm.