Published: 19/02/2018 09:12 - Updated: 19/02/2018 09:23

Forres teams forced to play each other in Aviemore

NO all-weather football facilities in Moray means two Forres teams had to travel to Aviemore to play a match against each other.Mosset Park

It’s a situation described as a "joke" by Forres Mechanics’ manager Charlie Rowley, who has found it a constant struggle to find somewhere in the area for his players to train and play.

He claims the nearest 4G football pitch in Aberlour is booked up by rival clubs meaning he had no alternative but to make the hour long trek into the Cairngorms just to keep his squad fit.

With a home game against Lossiemouth postponed, Rowley fixed up a midweek friendly against junior neighbours Forres Thistle, which had to go ahead in Aviemore.

"It’s an absolute joke and we are sick and fed up moaning about it," he said. "It’s absolutely astounding, the lack of facilities we have in Moray and how we’ve got to go vast distances to try and get a surface to play on.

"It’s incredible that there’s nothing closer to hand. Aberlour is pretty much booked up by Elgin, Rothes and Dufftown so there’s just no availability whatsoever which is a concern for a lot of teams in the Moray area."

Rowley casts an envious eye east towards Banffshire and sees two all-weather pitches in Banff and Macduff.

"That’s two, about a three-mile distance apart. We can’t get one here."

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