RAITH Rovers’ winter woes show little sign of easing this week.
After the postponements at Stirling and Falkirk, the Kirkcaldy club has now gone four weeks without any competitive football – and the back-log could worsen.
Despite a brief thaw, and the sterling efforts of groundstaff and volunteers, the club rates the chances of Saturday’s derby match against Cowdenbeath taking place as just 50-50, with the pitch, while clear of snow, frozen solid at the time of print.
The club’s training facilities at Dalgety Bay and Beath High School are also closed until the New Year, leaving boss John McGlynn with little choice but to continue to book indoor facilities in Edinburgh for his football-starved players.
There was some match action in the form of a 90-minute closed doors match against Hibernian on Saturday, which finished 0-0, but McGlynn admitted that frustration is setting in.
“When you know you’re not getting a game at the weekend the training is never the same, there’s an edge missing,” he told SportsPress.
“There’s been nothing to look forward to at the end of the week, and it’s frustrating. But we have to stay professional and prepare as if the game is on.
“We’re keeping ourselves fit by using indoor facilities, and we got a 90 minute run-out in a bounce game on Saturday, and while it’s not the real thing, we’re at least doing the most we can.
“Ourselves, Falkirk and Stirling are now the only First Division team who haven’t played within the last week. Most have managed to get a game, while some have even played twice. That will have allowed them to get rid of the rustiness that can come with missing football games.
“It’s not great for us but there’s no point moaning – we’ll be as prepared for our next game as we possible can be.”
Rovers inactivity allowed Dunfermline to go three points clear at the top of the table following a win over Queen of the South and Tuesday’s draw with Partick.
But despite being knocked off the top, McGlynn insists that the table looks even BETTER for his team.
“They’ve got a three point gap but we’ve got two games in hand and a potential six points to make up,” he said.
“Dunfermline at home to Partick would have been a home banker, but it only proves there’s no easy games in this league.”