Shotts Bon Accord
SHOTTS boss Tony McInally was left flabbergasted on Saturday after a “communications error” meant no officials were assigned the club’s clash at Arthurlie on Saturday.
West Regional secretary Scott Robertson claimed the error was a one-off but that did not appease McInally who described the situation as “farcical.”
He fumed: “You have two Super Premier League teams ready to play an important league game and you end up with nothing.
“In this day and age how they can’t arrange things like that is astonishing.
“We couldn’t even play a friendly because you need a written permit from the SJFA.”
He continued: “This is the first time it has ever happened to me.
“Both teams were there, ready to play the game and lock horns.
“Usually the officials come up and introduce themselves but they were not there.
“No officials were scheduled for the fixture.
“If they had told us at 12pm and said there was no ref appointed we could have trained up at Shotts and I could have gone to watch another game.
“It was just a wasted Saturday.
“That’s another game that we have got to catch up on now and this is not a league where you want to be doing that.”
Scott Robertson said: “It is the SFA’s refereeing department that allocate games.
“It was a mistake that was made at Hampden. They had not allocated officials for the game. We have had the apologies and spoke to both Arthurlie and Shotts. Unfortunately on the day I could not get another referee so late-on to do the game.
“To be fair this is the first time this has ever happened and I’m quite sure it will never happen again. Unfortunately Arthurlie and Shotts were the teams that suffered.”
Shotts take on Clydebank on Saturday at Hannah Park in just their second Super Premier League match of the season.
The Bankies have lost just twice in the league this calendar year and whilst BA have never lost to them at Hannah Park, McInally expects a tough encounter.
“One thing is for sure they will come to our place full of confidence expecting to beat us given their form,” he said.
“They put away the champions Irvine Meadow last Saturday which tells you all you need to know.
“I am looking forward to it because that is why we are in this league, to play against the top teams. Games between the clubs are always well contested.
“From our side it is a case of wanting to maintain that record against them at Hannah Park and from their side it is a case of ending that jinx.”