David Martindale says Scottish Cup weekend could be an ideal time to contest Livingston v Aberdeen in West Lothian after the weather beat it for a second time.
Originally scheduled for December 30th, the game was called off then due to a frozen pitch. Then just as teams were about to kick-off on Wednesday night, referee Steven McLean called a pitch inspection, with water all over the artificial surface.
The match was swiftly called off and Martindale has explained the drainage situation at the Tony Macaroni Arena, suggesting the now vacant weekend of January 31 to play the match.
The Livi boss said: “I had concerns too for the players’ safety but I was quite keen to start the game and see how it went. I can understand all parties but I’m gutted, the boys are gutted, we are all gutted. It’s a bit of a kick when you’ve been preparing all week for a football match and it doesn’t get played.
“I think Aberdeen players had concerns but the majority of Livingston players were sitting saying they wanted to try and get the game played. We have got the benefit of playing on this pitch and training on it too when it’s been similar. Aberdeen haven’t got that but I understand all parties.
“The park was perfect up until 6pm. What you’ve got under the park is basically a road made of tarmac and asphalt which is porous. There’s thousands of small holes and it’s easy for it to get frozen and that’s what the rain’s got to get through to drain.
“I’m assuming there are still parts of the tarmac frozen but I don’t know. It was tough to get this game in the calendar as both of us are games behind others time. That’s the only time I can think of but I haven’t looked at things in depth.
“The only other date prior, to the Scottish Cup date being cancelled, was maybe sometime late in February. But hopefully Scottish Cup weekend might be an option as we’re keen to get it played.”
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