Stirling Albion’s home game with Berwick Rangers tomorrow (Saturday) is rated doubtful after a week of freezing weather which has left the Forthbank surface solid.
Milder conditions are expected from today (Friday) but that could be too late to save the game and a pitch inspection will almost certainly be required.
The Binos were due to play East Stirling in a rearranged game on Tuesday night but it was called off due to a frozen pitch. No new date has been set as yet and, as per Scottish Football League rules, it could now be held over until February unless the clubs agree an earlier slot.
The match can’t be played this coming midweek as Shire already have a rescheduled meeting with Montrose at Ochilview on Wednesday.
Stirling haven’t had much luck with December fixtures in recent years. The severe winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11 resulted in multiple call-offs and even the relatively benign conditions 12 months ago didn’t prevent postponements due to waterlogged pitches, not to mention a Boxing Day abandonment against Arbroath due to gale-force winds at Gayfield.
Stirling haven’t played at home since slumping 4-1 to Elgin on November 17, losing to Queen’s Park (1-2) and Rangers (0-2) in two away outings in the interim, and find themselves five points adrift of East Stirlingshire at the foot of the Third Division table.
Binos boss Greig McDonald said: “I was proud of the way the players performed against Rangers on Saturday but we really need to take that into the games coming up.”
The predicted change in the weather offers more encouragement that next Saturday’s home game against Peterhead will get the green light and the two matches after that are both on plastic pitches – at Montrose on Saturday, December 29 and East Stirling on Wednesday , January 2.
In terms of team news, Danny Ashe (ankle) and Jamie Clark (hamstring) are again ruled out. Jamie McCunnie has recovered from injury but missed training on Tuesday night due to illness and is rated doubtful. Daly McSorley is suspended after being sent off at Ibrox last weekend.
On-loan Forfar defender Jamie Bishop is available but is currently due to return to Station Park when his short-term loan deal expires next week.
Berwick thrashed the Binos 4-1 at Shielfield in September.