With just 10 league games played and the number of postponements continuing to rise, Johnstone Burgh boss Jamie McKim has opened up on a run of call-offs that threaten to derail his side’s incredible season.

Burgh have won all 10 of their matches in the league, but with the high number of call-offs and postponements, including the weekend’s clash away to Saltcoats Victoria, the gaffer was left bemoaning his side’s luck.

“That is another really frustrating weekend, to put it mildly,” McKim said.

“How many times have I said that over the last couple of months? It’s slightly understandable now due to the weather but the games that were called off months ago are beginning to look even more disappointing.

“It’s just a continuous run of bad luck with this amount of games called off, especially with the form we’ve shown in the ones that have went ahead. 

“When you’re playing like we have over the 10 league games, and however many cup games, you really do want to be getting out there every week to build on that momentum and form, so this is just one frustrating weekend after another.

“It’s hard for the boys to remain focused after training well every week but you just need to knuckle down and deal with it, especially at this level of football.

“The only bonus for us is that most of the teams in the league had their matches called off so they couldn’t make up any ground or pull further away from us.

“What it does mean now is that the end of the season in April or thereabouts will be a bit tricky with the backlog but I’m more than confident in my squad that we can handle it.”

One match that did beat the weather at the weekend was league leaders Vale of Leven’s trip to second place Yoker.

That ended in a 2-2 draw that will most certainly benefit Burgh in the long run, with McKim revealing that, while his side weren’t in action, his work as boss never stops.

“I always like to take a match in when we’re off so I went down and caught the first-half of the Yoker v Vale of Leven match,” he added. “They’re both really good sides and, since we’re down at Holm Park to play Yoker on Saturday, December 28, it was good to take it in and see what they’re like.

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“That’s the third time I’ve watched Yoker this season so it was just a case of getting to know your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses before a really big game in a couple of weeks.”

First up, though, Burgh are set to make the trip to Wishaw Juniors this weekend for a second go at their West of Scotland Cup first round clash.

Their first attempt against the North Lanarkshire side was called off under dubious circumstances at the beginning of November with McKim now even more desperate for it to go ahead this time. 

“We’re away to Wishaw this weekend in the West of Scotland Cup first round,” McKim said. “That was originally called off at the last minute a few months ago so we’re just hoping that goes ahead now, one way or another.

“We will have a full squad to choose from and I managed to go see Wishaw play Greenock at the start of the month. I was able to see them a bit better and see what they’ve got to offer. 

“It will be a tough game, there is no doubt about that, but I’ve got confidence in the boys that they can go and get the win against anyone.

“With the winners playing Renfrew in January, there’s a wee bit of added incentive for us.”

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