Dumbarton and high-flying Brechin. Thankfully, by the time I arrived at SHS, in time for a 10.30am Sonstrust board meeting, it was clear that the surface was firm but playable. Club Secretary David Prophet, who regularly has to negotiate such anxieties during the inclement winter conditions, took me out to have a look for myself - while making one or two last minute adjustments, as my photos indicate.
A large number of people are involved in ensuring that the matchday goes ahead at a small club like Dumbarton. Not just players, coaching staff, fans and refereeing officials, but also club officials and ground staff, administrators, stewards, caterers, bar staff, programme sellers, the receptionist, the photographer, and more. It's a team effort as much off the field as on it.
Dumbarton's young side is making too many unforced errors, hasty decisions and hesitant responses. Three points away East Fife (who have two games in hand) and five from Stenhousemuir at the foot of the Second Division table, the men of the Rock are going to have to display some granite-like qualities in order to claim enough of the remaining 54 points to avoid relegation back to the fouth tier of Scottish football.