Bonnyrigg settle for third place as Lowland League season is concluded

Bonnyrigg Rose have had their stop/start league season brought to an early conclusion.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 2:04 pm
Bonnyrigg Rose's Lowland League season has been called on a points per game basis with Kelty Hearts announced champions. Pic by Michael Gillen

As the weeks rolled past it became increasingly obvious the Lowland League would be unable to complete its scheduled fixtures.

Despite lockdown restrictions now gradually easing and clubs able to train on a non-contact basis, there was simply no time for the remaining fixtures to be played out.

Some clubs in the division have completed just 10 games of the campaign.

The league was called on Monday evening with the decision being to end the season on a points-per-game basis.

Ultimately it means Kelty Hearts have been declared champions on 36 points and they will now progress to the SPFL playoffs.

East Kilbride are second on 29 with Bonnyrigg Rose, who have a three goal inferior goal difference, third on the same total.

A spokesman for the Lowland League said: “The board considered responses provided by member clubs.

"Nine clubs wrote to say they supported this recommendation.

"Three clubs expressed a preference for the season to be declared null and void.

"This constitutes a majority of clubs in favour of the recommendation.

"The board has therefore agreed League positions for season 2020/21 will be decided based on average points per game.”

Discussions are ongoing with the Scottish FA, SPFL and SHFL about possible dates for the pyramid play-off competition.

All clubs competing in it will, under current Scottish Government requirements, be required to pay for PCR tests.

There are several factors before relegation can be confirmed which include waiting until the conclusion of the pyramid and lower pyramid play-off competitions.

The Lowland League board has also set a start date of the weekend of Saturday, July 17 for the new season.

Rose have been out of action since January 9 when the club played a live, televised Scottish Cup second round tie against Dundee.

It was a thrilling encounter, with Bonnyrigg taking their Championship hosts to extra time before losing out.

The last league game was on December 15, a 3-0 win over Edinburgh University