JAMIE McKim admits that while he is frustrated at Johnstone Burgh’s last two matches falling victim to the weather, he is it not at all surprised.

Burgh have been out of action since losing 3-0 away to Vale of Leven on November 24 with the reverse fixture against Vale and last week’s clash with Forth Wanderers both called off after Keanie Park was deemed unplayable.

McKim’s side are on the road this weekend as they make the trip to take on league leaders Lanark United with the gaffer urging his players to use their recent frustration to their advantage on Saturday afternoon.

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He said: “The fact that we’ve not had the chance put the Vale of Leven result from a few weeks ago behind us is very frustrating. 

“To be honest, though, it’s something you have to expect in the juniors. It’s just something that we need to contend with and expect heading into the winter in this country. 

“This season hasn’t been that bad actually compared to the last few. I think we went from October to December without playing a game at Keanie Park last season so this campaign hasn’t been anywhere near that bad so far. 

“You can see our last result has annoyed the boys so we’re looking forward to this Saturday. Hopefully the game will be on and we can go and take it to Lanark.

“We’ve all been frustrated so we’re hoping to take that out on them. I watched them on Saturday and they’re very good side. They were 2-0 down against Vale of Clyde but battled back to win 3-2. They’re at the top of this league for a reason and they’ve got a lot of quality players but we watched them, seen how they play and can hopefully go and cause them problems.”

Elsewhere, club captain Scott Robson has opted to leave Keanie Park for Brig O’Lea after accepting an offer from Championship side Neilston. 

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Skipper Scott Robson has chosen to move to local rivals Neilston 

McKim is understandably disappointed to lose such a pivotal member of his squad but insists Burgh were resolute throughout the deal and only let their captain go on their own terms. 

He said: “Neilston enquired about two of our players after bringing in their two new managers. I wasn’t keen on losing any of them. One of them wanted to stay but Scott decided to go. 

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“At the end of the day, I’m disappointed to lose my captain but he wanted to go test himself at championship level and he leaves with our best wishes. 

“We got a fee for him which I think is fair. He left on our terms, not Neilston’s, which hasn’t happened in the last few years. That was important to me. Neilston have taken about 11 players off Burgh in the last three or four years and there’s never really been a fee. 

“That was one of the things I wanted to stop when I arrived. We’re not a feeder club to anyone. I want to build a successful squad of my own and challenge to move up the leagues.”