Dumbarton v Livingston falls to freeze

Bet Butler Stadium, Dumbarton

Dumbarton's First Division match against Livingston has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

The Sons have also had their Scottish Cup tie against Hamilton postponed four times during the current cold spell.

However, with the weather turning milder, the First Division matches at Ayr, Dumfries and Greenock are all on after passing morning inspections.

Stirling Albion's Third Division match against Berwick also passed an 11:00GMT inspection.

Dumbarton chief executive Gilbert Lawrie expressed frustration at another call-off, but conceded the referee had made the right decision.

"It's very frustrating, but it was the right decision made by the officials today," he told the club's official website.

"The pitch is rock hard and, despite the forecasted rise in overnight temperatures to around 3 degrees, it's the time period that causes the problem.

"We'll need at least 48 hours of positive tempartures, and in reality at 5 degrees above freezing, to help dissipate the deep frost that has gripped our pitch.

"In the ref's view the condition of the pitch would not have changed significantly overnight so the game was cancelled."

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