Formartine game called off

Formartine United’s home match against Fraserburgh on Saturday has been called off.

North Lodge Park remains covered in ice and the game was postponed at lunchtime.

Club officials conceded there was no chance of a sufficient thaw to allow the fixture to be played this weekend.

Speaking on the club’s website, Formartine secretary Martin Johnston said: “The playing surface has a good inch and a half of frost, with sheer ice in certain areas.

“We have the additional problem with the surrounding areas, including the car park being completely covered in ice. Underfoot conditions are simply treacherous.

“I spoke with my counterpart at Fraserburgh FC and whilst we were prepared to organise a pitch inspection tomorrow morning we need to apply common sense. There is no way there will be football here for some time yet.

“There is no doubt this is a frustrating time for the club. I think it has been nine weeks now since we have had a home fixture, which has a serious financial impact on the club.”

United’s next two fixtures are away from home with visits to Deveronvale in the league next Saturday, and then a trip to Buckie Thistle in the Highland League Cup on February 7.