Dec 5 2012 By Douglas Dickie
Glencairn manager Willie Harvey reckons his side have played their last game of 2012.
Glens’ trip to Hurlford on Saturday fell foul to the freezing weather, and their home tie with Kello this weekend looks unlikely to beat the conditions.
Glens have four scheduled games in December but haven’t kicked a ball in competitive action since their Scottish Cup win over Deveronside on November 17.
It is the exact situation Willie had hoped to avoid, but he and the squad are now facing a lengthy break over the festive season.
Willie said: “The four games will not happen. Saturday will no go ahead, I’ll say that right now.
“I walked on the park last (Monday) night and it was absolutely solid. The forecast is for rain and then a freeze. Any water on the pitch will turn to ice. I would be very, very surprised if the game goes ahead.
“Ideally you want to get as many games in before Christmas as possible but looking ahead it wouldn’t shock me if there’s not another competitive game before the turn of the year.
“That will be the same for everyone mind you. By all accounts there is a major freeze on its way.
“There was only one game on anywhere on Saturday, at Girvan, and even the 4G parks were off.”
Despite his prediction, Willie will press on and prepare as if this weekend’s game was on.
He had hoped to arrange a friendly with Pollok in the early afternoon as a contingency plan, either at Glasgow Green or Toryglen, but it was called off on Tuesday after a flu outbreak in the opposition squad.
It’s a difficult situation, and one that won’t get any easier as the weeks tick by.
He said: “You just have to keep it in your head that the game will be on.
“We trained on Monday but we had to cut that short because the 4G park had water on it and that started to freeze. Water isn’t getting a chance to clear away.
“We managed to do some running and we got a bit of a game going, but the ball was sticking and we had to cut it short because we didn’t want to risk an injury.
“All we can do is prepare as best we can and keep the players fit.
“We can get over to Burnhill and maybe do some running but there can be no sprints or turning and twisting. Basically it would be two and half hours of jogging.
“That’s horrible but you have to keep them going.
“Luckily enough we have a friendly prepared for Saturday.”
The situation is even more frustrating for Glens as they had been handed four weeks worth of fixtures by the authorities.
That is rare in the junior game, but it was a welcome surprise for Willie.
Glens had been due to play Glasgow Perthshire weekend but that was changed to a home tie with Kello. Away league games at Whitletts and Hurlford are due to sandwich a cup tie at home to Forth before the new year.
It’s a situation Willie would like to see more of in the future: “They have got to be applauded for that. It would be good if they could give us all our fixtures in four game blocks as it lets you plan ahead.
“It’s especially good for away games when you might need to get a bus and work out who can drive down and who can’t. It’s a big advantage.
“I’m not sure why the Perthshire game was changed, but I’m sure they had their reasons.”