u FRUSTRATED Dunipace Juniors have hit out at the decision to postpone Saturday’s Emirates Scottish Junior Cup match with Irvine Meadow just 15 minutes before kick-off.
The ‘Pace players were being given their team-talk by manager Craig McKinlay in the Westfield dressing room when the match was postponed for frost on the field.
It is the fourth call-off in a row for the match that sees the giants of the Junior game travel to the local Central League side.
Saturday’s decision was so late, it has cost the ‘Pace around £300 claimed vice chairman John Price.
“We were all prepared for the game and had started heating the pies and food - that all went to waste. It will be about £300 we’ve lost.
“It’s incredibly frustrating because we had a Grade One referee inspect the park on Saturday morning - and although there had been a little bit of frost overnight - the game was on.
“When Irvine Meadow showed up they didn’t seem keen on playing on the pitch.
“In normal circumstances, and looking at the league tables, they should beat us.
“But the pitch could have been a leveller. It was playable.”
Pubs and bars around Denny were packed with Meadow fans in the early afternoon, but they had no game to see and have it all to do again in a Christmas Eve showdown on Saturday.
‘Pace boss McKinlay’s squad has been given a clean bill of health throughout the month-long wait and has been patiently waiting to implement his game-plan against Chris Strain’s Superleague team.
But after gee-ing up his troops for the glamour match, their hopes of an upset were flattened and they could only train on the pitch instead.
“We treated it like a game where I gave the team-talk, we had the warm-up and we were prepared right up until the match officials arrived.
“It was a bit stop-start but we still trained on the pitch after the decision - it’s just one of those things.”