YOKER ATHLETIC manager Graeme George bemoaned his side’s recent lack of action – but says it won’t hinder their Scottish Cup progress when Wishaw visit Holm Park on Saturday.

The last 16 tie has fallen foul of the extreme winter weather for the past two weekends.

George said: “It’s not ideal, losing games to the weather. It disrupts the flow and prevents you getting any real momentum going, especially having won our last couple of games.

“The reality is, though, almost every club is in the same situation, including Wishaw, so it’s not an excuse for us when the game kicks off on Saturday.

“Two weeks ago the SJFA called all games off well before the weekend when we had the severe snow, so every club suffered the same fate. Then Saturday’s game had every chance until torrential rain overnight on Friday left Holm Park with too much surface water on it.

“Ultimately we’ve prepared as best we can for Saturday. The players have had good workouts to maintain fitness and as much sharpness as we can – it’s not the same as match sharpness but we’re not alone in that regard.

“We’ll have plenty players to choose from come Saturday, although we have a couple of players cup-tied. I’m confident that if the players apply themselves properly and do what is asked of them then we’ll progress to the last eight.”

Grant Gaddi and Cameron Haddow are both unable to play, along with on-loan Petershill striker Gary Hynes, though one player who is available for selection is Michael Bailey, whose return to Holm Park after a short spell at Queens Park has pleased the manager.

George added: “Getting Michael back on board has been a major boost. He’s a fantastic athlete but he uses the ball well too. He’ll be a big player for us between now and the end of the season.”