Washed out

Just when I thought the weather had finally taken a turn for the better – after a godawful winter in this part of the world – Mother Nature dealt my hopes of making it to 100 games this season another blow.

Tonight was supposed to herald the start of the end of season rush of midweek matches, but a deluge of biblical proportions throughout last night and the early part of today rendered all the local venues unplayable.

My chosen game was to be at Stoneyburn, one of West Lothian’s smallest, yet most welcoming junior clubs, but Beechwood Park was covered in puddles when it was inspected this afternoon.

Back ups at West Calder, Pumpherston and Livingston United all went the same way, despite the fact that conditions dried up in the afternoon and the entire area was bathed in pleasant spring sunshine by the time that the games were scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm.

It’s hard to criticise the call offs – after all most of these clubs are run by a handful of hard working volunteers at most.

With money at a premium, pitches at this level receive minimal maintenance, which means that the drainage generally isn’t capable of withstanding prolonged spells of heavy rain.

As disappointing as it was to be stuck with the over-hyped tedium of Chelsea against Man United in the ‘Champions’ League, there’s always next week.  Weather permitting…

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