IT’S all to play for again tomorrow (Saturday, at 2.30pm) when Linlithgow Rose and Bo’ness United battle it out for a place in the semi-final of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.
Last week’s quarter-final tie was called off at short notice after prolonged rain and snow fell on the day of the game.
And, despite attempts by committee members to fork the pitch to rid the water, it proved a hopeless task.
While constant rain and sleet showers have swept Linlithgow throughout this week, it is hoped the game will go ahead tomorrow.
Rose boss Mark Bradley said of the postponement: “We were absolutely gutted that the match did not go ahead but with hindsight it was the right decision. The referee got it right!
“As long as I have been at the club, a match at Prestonfield has never been called off due to rain. Snow and frost, yes, but never rain!”
Bradley admitted that after the anti-climax of last weekend, he hopes the match will go ahead and a conclusion is reached.
Over at Newtown Park, BU boss Allan McGonigal shared the same view as his opposing manager, saying: “All the players were built up for the game but logic and common sense prevailed.”
And he reiterated Bradley’s comments adding: “We just want the game to go ahead and get it over with. Hopefully the conditions will improve.”
The BU’s injury problems have lessened slightly with Stewart Devine and Alex Lurinsky back in the reckoning.
Doubtful is Craig Donaldson, who has had hospital treatment in midweek while Scott Gibb will miss the game due to work commitments.
On the prospect of a result, McGonigal said: ‘‘If we can play anywhere as well as we did in our last meeting I will be happy. Anything can happen in the Scottish Cup.
‘‘It’s a one-off, whereas the best team wins the league title. At the end of the day, it is a local derby and I hope it is a real spectacle for the fans.”
Already through to the semis are Shotts and Rutherglen, who knocked out Cumnock and Camelon.