THE freezing conditions of last week saw all of Saturday’s East of Scotland card wiped out but the five local clubs hope to get back in action tomorrow.

And all of them have urgent business to attend to, for different reasons.

Crossgates Primrose have had a good season and are in joint second top spot in the Premier League sitting on 32 points from 16 games, and while they are 15 points behind leaders Linlithgow Rose with two games in hand, they can still look to finish in the top two spots.

Dundonald Bluebell have had a frustrating spell, with a host of postponements meaning they have only played 15 games, from which they have accrued 24 points and sit in eighth spot, and have the opportunity to compete for a top six finish.

Meanwhile Hill of Beath Hawthorn have played a game fewer and sit on 17 points, on the edge of the safe zone, but with games in hand they will be looking to finish high up the table.

But as Haws’ boss, Jason Dair observed after the 3-1 defeat at Broxburn: “We have the matches in hand, but we have to win these to improve our position and that has to be our aim.

“However, we have to be more solid at the back than we were at Broxburn, for we gave away three very poor goals and we have to realise that teams will not hand us points gift wrapped, so we must avoid conceding soft goals.

“But if we can get a good run of results in the next few weeks we can do ourselves a power of good and get into a much better area of the table .”

In the First Division, Lochore Welfare are on 13 points from 13 games, and are two points below the safety zone, with two matches in hand.

Their win at top five side Preston Athletic, last week, has boosted Lochore hopes, as manager James Adam observed: “We have been frustrated by injury problems since the start of season, but at Preston we had a full squad available for the first time since August, and it made a huge difference, allowing us to make key substitutions which engineered the win.

“If we can keep clear of injuries in the closing 17 games we have, we can get well clear of relegation problems and get into the top half of the table.”

Lochgelly Albert have not had their defensive problems to seek and only have nine points from 19 games, with 68 goals conceded, but are just three points away from getting out of the relegation zone, so hopes are still high at Purvis Park.

Committee man, Derek Patrick, said: “We have created a lot of our own problems this season, by conceding too many soft goals.

“Too many times we have turned good positions in matches into defeats, by needlessly losing leads.

“We are hoping to get a couple of new players in the squad for our closing 15 games, and if we can get some wins on the board we can get out of the bottom four.”

Tomorrow’s fixtures: East of Scotland Premier League (2.30pm kick-offs) - Linlithgow Rose v Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Penicuik Athletic v Crossgates Primrose, Tynecastle v Dundonald Bluebell.

East of Scotland First Division - Lochore Welfare v Leith Athletic (2pm).

East of Scotland Second Division - Lochgelly Albert v St Andrews United (2pm).