FRUSTRATED Irvine Meadow boss Brian McGinty hit out at "shambolic" fixture scheduling after his team's Scottish Junior Cup clash was called off for a third straight week.

And Irvine Vics counterpart Stevie Wilson echoed his views after his team were inactive for the second week in a row.

Meadow's Scottish Cup tie at Dyce was called off on Friday, despite the northerners agreeing to switch it to Irvine earlier in the week. They voiced concern about travelling in difficult conditions.

McGinty said: "It was so frustrating, our committee worked hard on getting the park ready and it would have been playable but it was called off because Dyce were concerned about travelling, but we would have had to make the same journey had it been up there. Hopefully it will go ahead this week and we can go through. The fixture scheduling is a bit shambolic. I don't see why we couldn't be given a provisional fixture in case the cup tie doesn't take place, which would mean we kept playing. "

Meadow at least enjoyed some action, taking on Glenafton Athletic in a friendly played at the Kilwinning Academy astroturf, losing 4-2.

The boss felt it was a worthwhile exercise and said: "Glenafton are a quality side but it was a great workout for us and Mark McLennan scored a cracking goal. Glens are a quality side and you could see that. The game gave me the opportunity to bring in some players who had not been featuring as much."

Meanwhile Irvine Vics boss Stevie Wilson is concerned about his team's backlog and would like to see a change of format in the Scottish Junior Cup.

He said: "It was really disappointing we didn't play at Saltcoats. We have played only seven league games and that's well into December so that means we have a backlog and there will be some midweek games. I understand where Brian McGinty is coming from about the Scottish Cup.

"Our tie against Forth was called off twice before being switched to our park."

"I don't want to go on too much about the SJFA but my idea would be to play a couple of rounds in August and a couple in September when you should be able to play them and then have a break like the Champions League and start again in the New Year. I agree with provisional fixtures and there should be a fixture list for the season. Hopefully our game goes ahead at Ardeer on Saturday."

Kilwinning Rangers on Saturday head to Newlandsfield Park to face Pollok, looking to turn the tables on the Glasgow side following their win at Abbey Park earlier in the season.