Weather wipeout frustrates Thorniewood boss

Frozen pitch at Holytown Colts
Frozen pitch at Holytown Colts

Football was once more virtually wiped out by the weather last weekend as frozen pitches forced junior and amateur games to be called off.

It’s been the same story virtually every weekend since the turn of the year - and for Thorniewood United boss Andy Frame the situation has been particularly frustrating.

The Viewpark side are battling to avoid relegation from the Super League First Division and have actually only lost once in their past five games - but those matches have been spread over three months.

United have played only twice so far in 2015 with their match at Kilsyth last Saturday the latest to bite the dust.

He admitted: “It’s been far from ideal because we’ve actually been getting some good results.

“We drew with Pollok, and probably should have won, and beat Cumbernauld, Greenock and Irvine.

“But having so many games called off makes it really difficult to build up momentum and you can lose continuity.

“It’s not just missing out on games. We also have problems when it comes to getting training facilities.

“The council call things off at the drop of a hat, rightly so if there’s a danger to the players, but it means you can sometimes spend your last hour at work trying to arrange an alternative at short notice.

“And there’s the knock-on effect later in the season when you have a backlog to clear.

“Midweek games start at 6.30 and for a club like ours which can’t afford to carry a large squad it can be really difficult when you have guys trying to get time off work to play.”

Despite the weather woes the United boss is hopeful his side can start climbing the table once they do get back into regular action.

He has recently freshened up his squad by bringing in some younger players, some of whom are still at school.

Among the recruits are talented teenage midfielders Stefan Law and Jack Getty, Bellshill teenager Alex More, former Celtic youngster Ryan Caird, Cumnock full-back Andy Scanlon and Paul McCart, son of former Motherwell skipper Chris.

Ironically Thorniewood already know they won’t be in competitive action this Saturday as they have no fixture scheduled but have arranged a friendly at Saltcoats Victoria.

Meanwhile Bellshill Athletic, who have also only managed two games since the turn of the year, will be out for revenge when they take on Maryhill at Fullarton Park.

The Glasgow side’s win on the opening day of the season is Athletic’s only league loss, the Central First Division table toppers having won nine times and drawn twice since that setback in August.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2pm.