Sea­son must end soon

Glens boss wants to get last league game played

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Har­vey was left fu­ri­ous this week when Glen­cairn’s fi­nal game of the sea­son again fell foul to the weather.

A wa­ter­logged pitch at Cum­ber­nauld’s Guy’s Meadow meant Glens will need to wait un­til May 30 to ful­fil their fi­nal fix­ture against Kirk­in­til­loch Rob Roy.

Glens, who have noth­ing other than pride to play for, have been out of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion since May 4.

They did man­age a friendly on Satur­day against am­a­teur side Ni­aRoo AFC, with Glens run­ning out com­fort­able 10-2 win­ners.

That was lit­tle con­so­la­tion to Wil­lie, who had hoped to have started re­build­ing his squad for next sea­son.

And he warned the de­lay was putting fi­nan­cial pres­sure on the club

He said: “It would drive you up the wall.

“It’s cost­ing us a for­tune, we’ve got to pay play­ers wages and keep them go­ing.

“Ba­si­cally, three weeks af­ter our sea­son should have ended we are still wait­ing and pay­ing play­ers. It’s dis­grace­ful.

“We had a game on Satur­day be­cause we thought the game would be on Mon­day and we wanted to get some­thing in.

“Play­ers aren’t go­ing to lose their fit­ness in a few weeks but we wanted some­thing to keep them go­ing.

“We can’t do any­thing with play­ers. You can’t tell some­one they aren’t go­ing to be here next sea­son and then ex­pect them to play against Rob Roy if we pick up three or four in­juries.

“Ba­si­cally, this is hold­ing our prepa­ra­tions up for next sea­son.

“We have spo­ken to a few play­ers about next sea­son, and we’ve had some good feed­back but ev­ery­one is wait­ing to see what di­vi­sions other clubs will be play­ing in, so a lot de­pends on what hap­pens be­tween now and the end of the sea­son.”

Glens will hold their player of the year awards on Satur­day night.

And on Sun­day, the un­der-21 side aim to make it two cup fi­nal wins in a row when they face Gold­en­hill in the Golden Goals fi­nale.

The young Glens picked up an­other na­tional tro­phy, the Lady Dar­ling Cup, with victory over Mus­sel­burgh Wind­sor last week.

Wil­lie was de­lighted to see the young side lift sil­ver­ware and reck­ons a num­ber of them are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing the step up.

He said: “That team prob­a­bly has three years to­gether.

“They will do well this sea­son com­ing but the fol­low­ing sea­son will be big for them.

“They’ll all be in their 20s or late teens.

“Peo­ple need to re­mem­ber that is a new team.

“There’s only one or two play­ers from last year, it’s been vir­tu­ally re­built so they have done re­ally, re­ally well.

“They’ve con­sol­i­dated in the league and man­aged to win a tro­phy.

“There’s a cou­ple who are more than ca­pa­ble but they’re maybe a bit young right now.

“It’s okay for them com­ing in to gain some ex­pe­ri­ence though.”

Frus­trated Wil­lie Har­vey wants to play his side’s last match

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