Penicuik hoping ninth time’s the charm for Junior Cup tie

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THIS weekend may finally see Penicuik play their eight-times postponed Emirates Scottish Junior Cup third-round tie with Kelty Hearts – barring another winter weather onslaught.

The tie, originally scheduled for November 16, has been switched to Oakley United’s Blairwood Park, with Kelty’s Central Park deemed unplayable since the tie was originally scheduled.

After eight footballing-free weeks, Penicuik boss Craig Meikle is growing weary of the saga which is causing a fixture headache.

“We just want the game to be played,” he said. “If it’s a draw and a replay next week, it’ll cause more havoc on the fixture list. Teams around us have been playing games in the league and getting points under their belts, leaving us to scramble about at the end of the season playing three or four games a week.”

Kelty boss Keith Burgess said: “We have spent a great deal of money on the pitch but it won’t drain away. It’s only a relatively small area that’s bad, but it’s mossy and retaining the water.

“Underneath, the ground is dry and we need a good dry week to get down to the trouble.

“We don’t want to give up home advantage so we have switched the game to Oakley, which has a good record of games getting played.

“It’s not just the hold-up though, as both sides will have to play catch-up in the league, and the next round of the Scottish Cup is next week.”