Vale of Leithen 1 Tynecastle 1 Abandoned at half time

The pitch was passed as playable at 1230.

The surface was heavy due to the melting of the frost from the previous day.

There was a minute’s silence in respect to Rev Frank Campbell who died recently. Frank was a well known match official in the Lowland League.

The game got off to a flyer with the Vale scoring in the first minute. After a move down the right the cross into the box caused a bit of confusion in the Tynecastle defence and was prodded home by  Dachi Knutsishvili.

The game was getting played at a frantic pace with both teams trying to play football, making it very good entertainment for the spectators, which included a good support for Tynecastle, which included Lee Wallace and Scott Crabbe.

In the 12 minute Tynecastle were awarded a free kick to the right of the Vale goal. Whilst this was being disputed by the Vale players, the free kick was quickly taken and passed to the wing where the resultant cross in the Vale box was driven home by Stewart Adams.

Despite the heavy going the game was turning into an excellent match with both sides creating chances and only some solid defending  by both teams stopping any further scoring.

After raising concerns with both managers on the 30 minute mark about the pitch, the referee accessed the pitch at half time and decided it was getting too dangerous and subsequently abandoned the game, much to the disappoint of spectators.