Now into March and with a mammoth backlog of 15 matches still remaining, one could be forgiven for thinking there would be an air of nervousness or anxiety around Johnstone Burgh at the moment.

However, shortly after his side’s latest postponement setback as last Saturday’s scheduled fixture against Forth Wanderers was called off in the midst of Storm Jorge, gaffer Jamie McKim has insisted he’s seen it all before.

Taking over the reigns at Keanie Park in January 2018 with Burgh having just played nine matches, McKim’s first season in charge ended with a run of five matches in 10 days.

With the Johnstone outfit struggling to successfully string two matches together this season, building momentum hasn’t been easy.

But the Burgh boss is adamant he is tooled with the experience needed to deal with such a backlog and manage any expectations in a tough run-in.

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“My managerial career has been short but this is something I’ve experienced before,” he told Gazette Sport. “Going through something similar in my first season and coming out the other side fine will hopefully mean we’re able to deal with this particular run-in too.

“I took over at Burgh on January 27, 2018, when they had only played nine league games, so I’ve seen this kind of backlog and experienced it all before.

“What I’ve learned from that is that all the games become really different and unpredictable at this stage. There will be some teams we come up against who are really up for it and still have loads to play for, whereas others will be sitting mid or bottom table and will have nothing to lose. They will be able to throw caution to the wind and have a go at us with no fear, so it becomes a bit erratic.

“A lot of people have commented on our games in hand, telling me that they believe the league is wrapped up, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I keep telling the boys that we’re only halfway through our season, so there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Looking to make a dent on what seems to be an ever-expanding fixture list, the Burgh committee have taken the decision to switch this weekend’s match against Annbank United to the weather-proof surface at New Western Park, which is home to local rivals Renfrew.

“The Forth match being called off last week came as no shock but that didn’t make it any less frustrating,” said McKim.

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“We’ve been able to remain professional over the course of the season and will continue to do so this week ahead of the Annbank match this weekend.

“It’s a relief knowing that this weekend’s game will go ahead now. It was a good call from the committee to switch it to New Western Park again. That proved to be a good decision in the 8-0 win over Lugar a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully it’s similar result.

“I think, given time, Keanie Park would have been playable. However, at this moment in time, it wasn’t, so it was just making sure the game goes ahead regardless of any forecast.

“The committee know we need to be playing games and ticking off that backlog, so credit to them for planning ahead and getting it on.

“We need to make sure we put in another good performance as a team now and avoid any rustiness in the early stages.”

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