Fourth time didn’t prove the charm for Dumbarton and Stirling Albion as their long-awaited match fell victim to the weather shortly before kick-off on Tuesday.
The clash has already proved controversial, with a pair of recent last-gasp call-offs when many Binos fans – as well as the players – had already arrived at the stadium, provoking anger and frustration amongst the travelling contingent.
Tuesday night finally looked like it might be the one, but a torrential downpour in the space of a couple of hours on the beleaguered Rock playing surface put the match in doubt as the sides came out for the warm up.
Referee Greg Soutar – the official who called off the previous meetings – then appeared shortly afterwards and put the pitch through an inspection before confirming the postponement shortly after 7.20pm. The call-off came with a healthy contingent of Stirling fans already in the ground, with the travelling support showering the announcement of the decision with boos.
Stirling fans were issued with tickets for the return fixture or refunds, with many complaining online about being made to wait outside in the freezing rain.
On social media, the Binos support were furious at yet another call-off, including Heather Suttie, whose 81-year-old dad took four trains from Coatbridge to be at the game.