HOPES were high at the end of last week that the local derby between Arbroath SC and Arbroath Vics would go ahead on Saturday, when temperatures rose significantly in midweek to leave Seaton Park playable.
However, Thursday night put paid to that when the mercury again plummeted to well below zero leaving Seaton Park frozen and the match was called off for the fifth successive time.
With snow having fallen again on Friday and Saturday, it must again cast serious doubts as to whether the match, which has been re-scheduled for this Saturday with a 1.45 p.m. kick-off, will go ahead.
No club in the East Region has been able to play a competitive match since November 20, meaning seven consecutive Saturdays have been lost, which is sure to cause a fixture pile up towards the end of the season.
With this in mind, it may be that some of the local cups that clubs compete for will have to be shelved for this season, particularly if the weather fails to improve.
Indeed, Ogilvy Park looks like it won’t be able to host a match until at least February as the ground still has snow covering it on top of sheets of ice with water underneath on top of a frozen surface, and it is expected that many more grounds will be in a similar condition.