Girdwood pitches in to silence doubters

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PEEBLES Rovers have come under fire due to the cancellation of their home league match last Saturday, writes John Slorance.

The finger of suspicion has been pointed, with rumblings that the Whitestone Park club were unable to raise a team.

However, Peebles manager Jason Girdwood swept these allegations aside and told The Southern: “The match was postponed because Whitestone Park was unplayable.

“This has been a massive problem all season and many other games have been off. The council has been trying hard to get things right, but there are still problems.”

Following an inspection by two officials, the match was put off for safety reasons, and Girdwood added: “A few of our games this season have been played at Kerfield Park this season.

“However, it was unavailable as there was another match being played on it on Saturday. We could have got Kerfield on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon and put this to Eyemouth, but they declined the offer.”

This Saturday, Rovers face Gala Fairydean at home, while 10 of the Hawick Royal Albert players who missed last week’s match with Coldstream return for Royalists’ away meeting with Berwick Rangers Reserves.

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