It's "snow-go" for Gable Endies for second week running

MONTROSE Football Club have endured their second consecutive week without competitive football as wintry weather gripped the nation.

The Gable Endies were due to play Clyde at Broadwood Stadium on Saturday (December 4), but the chaos on the roads ensured that the game was called off.

Last night (Tuesday, December 7) the rescheduled fixture against East Stirlingshire at Links Park was postponed due to current weather conditions and severe weather warnings.

A spokesman for the Scottish Football League (SFL) said: "This factor combined with disruption to roads throughout Scotland have been the determining factors in this decision.

"Fans' safety is our key consideration and we trust everyone understand this decision."

Concerned with the need to keep his players ticking over and in good shape for games when the weather does improve, Steven Tweed made the decision to take his squad to Soccer World in Dundee on Thursday for a training session.

Tweed said: "We need to get the boys stretching their legs again after no game last Saturday and no training on Tuesday."

Since then the team have been continuing to train indoors at the complex in Dundee throughout the week and again last night after the East Stirlingshire fixture was called off.

Tweed added: "Although we have been able to train it is no substitute for actual games.

"Even though we have the artificial pitch at Links Park games have been called off because of travel."

Despite the bad weather the manager is pleased that players have still made it to training even those who live further afield in Glasgow.

And the injury situation is not so bleak for the manager as more and more players return to fitness. John Crawford is the only player out at the moment after undergoing an operation this week. He is now in the recovery process and Tweed hopes he will be back in action by the end of January.

He said: "Everyone is fine we just want to play games.

"We have Elgin this weekend and Berwick the week after, weather depending, but we just want to play as much as possible before the cup game on January 8."

Meanwhile, the Gable Endies are asking supporters, friends and neighbours who are able to assist with pitch clearing to go along to Links Park on Friday and Saturday morning this week so help get rid of the snow.

The artificial surface is in excellent condition underneath the layers of snow and the club wants to ensure the match against Elgin goes ahead. Please bring a shovel and Montrose FC will supply hot drinks and food for those who help out.