East of Scotland announce plans to abandon season if date on which training can resume is not brought forward

The East of Scotland Football League have confirmed they will have “no other choice” but to abandon the current season if clubs can not resume training next month.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:28 am
Penicuik Athletic and the other local East of Scotland Football League teams will see a decision on their current seasons made next month (Pic: Lisa Ferguson)

The governing body released a statement last Friday, March 19, in which they confirmed the Scottish Government’s current date for clubs to return to training would not be sufficient to allow them to complete the current campaign.

They said: “Following the announcement by the Scottish Government that adult contact sport cannot commence until May 17 the Board have decided that unless that date is brought forward by a significant margin in the next Scottish Government review on April 6 we will in all likelihood have no other choice than to abandon this season’s league.

“A final decision will be made by the Board that week.”

The statement followed a similar announcement from the West of Scotland Football League in which they announced plans to null and void their current campaigns should they not be able to return to training in April.

However, the West officials made the call following the latest Scottish Government announcement to end the season with immediate effect, allowing clubs to focus on preparing for the 2021/22 campaign and hopefully the return of supporters to matches.

With the East officials confirming a decision will not be made till after the next announcement, local sides Penicuik Athletic, Whitehill Welfare, Newtongrange Star, Dalkeith Thistle, Easthouses Lily and Arniston Rangers will have to wait.

Meanwhile, for Bonnyrigg Rose in the Lowland League their is still uncertainty around their current season with officials in that division yet to make an official statement,

However, it is believed that Lowland League bosses are also likely to make a decision based on the outcome of the next Scottish Government update and if they will be able to resume full contact training with enough time to conclude the current campaign.

Rose have only played 12 matches of what would be normally be a 32 game season and other teams have played less till so a full season would be unlikely but other options may be explored.