Got it covered

Falkirk staff are determined that icy conditions won't put paid to Saturday's match at Westfield.
Falkirk staff are determined that icy conditions won't put paid to Saturday's match at Westfield.
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Falkirk are leaving nothing to chance after last weekend’s league match with Airdrie United was frozen off.

The Bairns were left kicking their heels without a game - despite New Broomfield housing an all-weather artificial surface.

And ahead of Saturday’s home match with Cowdenbeath, the Bairns are leaving nothing to chance. Covers have been over the Stadium’s pitch for the week.

They’re expected to be removed tomorrow or Saturday as the milder temperatures .

General manager David White explained: “We managed to find a time window at the weekend where the weather was milder ahead of the colder temperatures this week so the covers have been down and as the milder weather comes towards the end of this week we’ll assess the pitch then.

“It’ll be given as much time as necessary and we are - at this stage - hopeful we have done enough to ensure the game is on.”

Airdrie was not the only frustration for the Bairns. Much of Stirling University has been unplayable with the grass surfaces frozen and much of the synthetic surface covered in ice.

That has forced Steven Pressley to take the team to train in Edinburgh at Hearts’ usual HQ at Riccarton and on the plastic pitch at Spartans’ Ainslie Park.

They’ve also been inside in the gym at Stirling, with some involved in the 1-1 draw at Motherwell yesterday (Wednesday).

Lewis Small scored for the under-20s which also featured Sean Higgins for 45 minutes and David Weatherston for the full game. Higgins is in the matchday squad for Saturday’s match.


n The re-arranged match with Airdrie United will take place on December 22 at 3 p.m.