A drainage mix-up between East Kilbride Thistle and the Cattle Show Society forced the Jags’ match with Port Glasgow to be called off on Saturday.
The Showpark, owned by the Cattle Society and leased to Thistle, is in the process of having its whole drainage system upgraded following years of countless postponements in the winter months and the cancellation of this year’s Cattle Show for the first time in its history.
But on Friday night heavy rain put paid to Thistle’s matchday plans as one of the water pumps wasn’t switched on.
Jags assistant boss Mark Wilson said: “Our draining system has been working well since we upgraded it a couple of months ago, but there was a bit of confusion last week that resulted in the game being called off.
“We were asked by the farmers to switch one of the two pumps off because they would be replacing one of the drains at the top end of the park.
“However, the pump hadn’t been switched back on and by the time we realised there was a problem, it was too late and the pitch was waterlogged.
“It’s very disappointing because I’m confident our game would have gone ahead had the system been working fully.
“There’s been a mix-up somewhere and I’ll try and find out how this happened, but we don’t hold anything against the farmers for this.
“They have always been fantastic with us and it’s just unfortunate.”
Wilson has revealed the club, who travel to face Larkhall on Saturday, have now arranged a friendly next midweek with Busby to try and make up for the missed game time.
With both Wilson and Jags boss Brian McMullan yet to see their team claim even a point in the league so far, the management duo are keen to prepare their players as best they can for the next few weeks with a big Scottish Cup third round tie on the horizon.
The Jags beat Aberdeenshire outfit Ellon in the previous round and were drawn against Perthshire side Kinnoull yesterday (Tuesday).
And Wilson hopes to add some fresh faces to the squad ahead of the tie in two weeks’ time.
He added: “We have a couple of French trialists coming in and we hope to see them play in the game against Busby.
“But the game will also be a chance for the rest of the guys to try and build some momentum after being sidelined this week.”