Apologies to fans of both clubs for yesterday’s postponement of the Scottish Cup third-round tie between Stirling Albion and Cumbernauld Colts.
Unfortunately, the accumulation of rain during the course of November – the highest amount recorded for any month by www.stirlingweather.co.uk since their records began six years ago – simply proved to be too much for the pitch to cope with.
To put this into context, the rainfall in the last 24 hours has amounted to 22.2mm and the total for the month to date is 277.4mm – the monthly figure amounting to approaching THREE times the monthly average for the year to date.
SAFC chairman Stuart Brown said: “On arrival at the ground early morning, there was lying water on several areas of the pitch and in discussion with the groundsman we agreed that, with the rain unrelenting, it was extremely unlikely things would improve.
“I spoke to the Craig McKinlay, the Colts’ co-manager and we agreed an 11.30am pitch inspection. It was still raining heavily at this time and Category 1 referee Stephen Finnie had no hesitation in confirming the match could not go ahead.
“The rain continued without cessation, albeit approaching 3.00pm with slightly less intensity, and the pitch had only deteriorated further since the time of the inspection.
“Looking ahead to Tuesday, taking account of the weather forecast, my usual propensity for supreme optimism is severely tested. I will assess matters further tomorrow (Monday) and communicate as required with the relevant parties.”