Morton’s festive fixture change

Published: 4 Oct 2013 12:00

MORTON have today explained why they rescheduled two festive season league fixtures, including their Boxing Day clash with Falkirk.

Instead of hosting the Bairns on Thursday 26 December, they will now take advantage of a free weekend in the calendar by welcoming Gary Holt’s men to Cappielow on Saturday 21 December.

In the other alteration, Ton were set to play Clydeside rivals Dumbarton on Thursday 2 January but that has been switched to accommodate a request from the Sons. Allan Moore’s men will instead travel across the Erskine Bridge two days later on Saturday 4 January for their first match of 2014.

Morton chief executive Gilian Donaldson said: “Dumbarton FC asked if we would consider changing their 2 January home match to 4 January, which we agreed to. We then looked at the other games within the league that had been switched over the Christmas and New Year period.

“If we had stuck to the original date for our match against Falkirk, this would have meant playing on Thursday 26 and then again on Saturday 28 which causes some disruption to the team’s training schedule.

“Our opponents on 28 December, Hamilton Accies, had already switched their Boxing Day match, which afforded them a week between games, whereas we would have had two games in three days.

“From the manager’s point of view, switching the games kept the training and playing schedules on an even keel, especially as there was a free Saturday built into the schedule on the 21 December which allowed this to happen.”

Meanwhile, Morton’s reserve side recorded a 3-1 win against East Stirling on Wednesday night.

Stephen Stirling, David McNeil — who both netted penalties — and Aidan Ferris scored for David Hopkin’s men at Stirling University as they made it two wins in three matches.

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