Ref­eree was right as rain

Glens boss ac­cepts call to aban­don vi­tal game

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey was left frus­trated at the de­ci­sion to aban­don his side’s cru­cial game with Cum­ber­nauld but agreed it was the right call.

The Cel­sius Sta­dium boss was stunned when he emerged with his play­ers from the chang­ing room af­ter the warm-up to wit­ness the heav­ens open up over the Guys Meadow pitch which started to gather stand­ing wa­ter.

The ref­eree al­lowed the game to start but was aware the amount of rain on the turf was putting the re­main­der of the match in doubt.

To the an­noy­ance of the Glens con­tin­gent, the man in the mid­dle called a halt to the game with 15 min­utes played, af­ter Jay McKay had given them an early lead.

How­ever, de­spite go­ing ahead from the penalty spot in what was a must­win game for Har­vey’s men in their search for pro­mo­tion, the Glen­cairn gaffer ad­mit­ted the ref made the right call.

“The ref­eree’s de­ci­sion was 100 per cent cor­rect,” he said. “There was no ifs buts or maybes about it.

“The an­noy­ing thing was that we were win­ning and you know it’s your day when you start as well as we did. But we can­not do any­thing about the weather con­di­tions and we have no com­plaints about the de­ci­sion.

“The park was bone dry when we went in but the rain just came lash­ing down straight af­ter that.

“The park was re­ally hard, and it was

tight too, so when the rain came down it had nowhere to go and couldn’t sink in to the ground.”

The re­ar­ranged fix­ture will now take place on Monday, May 22, with a 7.30pm kick off and Cum­ber­nauld United have an­nounced there will be free en­try to the match.

The Glens dropped in to sec­ond place in the Su­per First Di­vi­sion table as the teams around them picked up valu­able points – with some also drop­ping points.

Cly­de­bank ham­mered Mary­hill 5-0 to take up pole po­si­tion while Kil­syth suf­fered a shock 5-1 de­feat away to Peter­shill.

The Gers, who sit a point be­hind Glen­cairn in third, have failed to win in their last six games and are set to play their match in hand tonight, Wed­nes­day, against al­ready-rel­e­gated Blan­tyre Vic­to­ria.

Shet­tle­ston, on the other hand, have been knocked out of the race al­to­gether af­ter they lost to Irvine Vic­to­ria at the week­end.

But Gir­van are lurk­ing just a point be­hind Glens with two games in hand.

Look­ing at the league table, Har­vey ad­mit­ted there is only a glim­mer of hope for his side to gain pro­mo­tion to the Su­per Premier Di­vi­sion.

But the man­ager knows all they can do is win their re­ar­ranged tie with Cum­ber­nauld to put pres­sure on their ri­vals.

“I would agree that there is a slim chance, an out­side chance,” Har­vey ad­mit­ted. It is frus­trat­ing be­cause if we had won on Satur­day we would have fin­ished our league games top of the league and that would have been a pos­i­tive to take, just in case things don’t work out. So it would have been just a psy­cho­log­i­cal thing for us to be top. We can’t do much. All we can do is wait and see what hap­pens.

“Peter­shill need to win their last two games and Kil­syth are on a bit of a down­ward spi­ral.

“They might have Blan­tyre Vic­to­ria to play but ev­ery­one who has played them this sea­son knows they are not a bad team.”

On a pos­i­tive note for the club, Har­vey has se­cured the ser­vices of play­ers Sean McGuire and Jamie Hamil­ton for an­other year.

The Glens boss is ex­pected to sign up more of the cur­rent squad for next sea­son in the coming weeks and hopes to re­veal the news soon.

Frus­tra­tionG­len­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey

Water­loggedThe Glens took the lead be­fore the ref called a halt to pro­ceed­ings 15 min­utes into the game

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