Hunter not calling for winter break after postponement

Kris Hunter celebrates with the fans in the stands.
Kris Hunter celebrates with the fans in the stands.

Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter is not calling for the implementation of a winter break following last Saturday’s game against Buckie Thistle falling foul of a frozen pitch.

The Broch game was one of six games cancelled by recent adverse weather conditions which saw grounds across the Highland League fail pitch inspections.

Hunter, however, believes the added uncertainty over Scotland’s weather adds to the game’s flavour, and that the Christmas period is an important one for clubs in the League.

Speaking to us regarding the possibility of a winter break, much like the model used in Italy or Spain, Hunter said: “To me, you can’t do anything with the conditions. Sometimes you get snow and sometimes you don’t.

“You probably generate your most money over the Christmas period, as well.

“You don’t sell so much hospitality in the summer games. Everyone wants to come out in the New Year Games and the Christmas games,” he added, revealing that hospitality for the Burgh’s two games over Christmas and New Year were already sold out.

Summing up, he commented: “I’m not in favour of a winter shutdown. I think a lot of the Scottish players are used to it because they’ve grown up with it.

“To me, you just get on with it. There’s no point in trying to change when no one else in Scottish or English football is trying to change.”

Fraserburgh will attempt to play their first December fixture in the Highland League on Saturday, December 14, against third placed Wick Academy. The Broch go into the game on the back of two straight wins, having scored three goals in each game.