Footie fixtures touch and go!

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HOPES will be high that the weather will take a turn for the better tomorrow (Saturday) and fans can look forward to matches going ahead.

The football calendar was decimated last weekend and prospects look bleak too for this weekend.

The Rose are due to travel to Carnoustie while the BUs are at home against Sauchie in the Super League.

Rose boss Mark Bradley this week said he was disappointed the local derby match was cancelled due to the weather last weekend and the conditions have also played havoc with his team’s training schedule.

He said: “There was nowhere playable on Saturday, even for training purposes, and on Monday, the 3G pitch at Little Kerse was too icy and we did not want to put players through their paces in case they risked injury.

“The prospects for Saturday look doubtful but the club will be in contact with Carnoustie the day before to assess the situation as we want fans and players to know as early as possible.”

While United boss Allan McGonigal said it was a ‘bit of a rollercoaster’ last Friday/Saturday if the derby match was on or not, in the event the call-off worked in Bo’ness’ favour.

Declan McAvoy and Nicky Walker would have been unavailable due to bereavements, and Steven Hislop had picked up a knee knock which would have seen him sidelined. Ian Nimmo was away too.

McGonigal was due to assess his squad last night (Thursday) during indoor training at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.

There is no shortage of spice to tomorrow’s visit by Sauchie, a side once managed by McGonigal, and who pipped United in this season’s League Cup.

“I think they have proven over the last wee while that they are good enough to play in the Super League and have some good players,” said the United boss.

He didn’t expect any changes to Sauchie’s preferred 3-5-2 system, he said.