League decision was correct for the game, say Bonnyrigg

Bonnyrigg Rose say their decision to back the closing of the Lowland League season on a points-per-game basis was done with the integrity of the division in mind.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:39 am
Bonnyrigg Rose are now preparing for the new season following the ending of the previous campaign. Stock image by Michael Gillen
Bonnyrigg Rose are now preparing for the new season following the ending of the previous campaign. Stock image by Michael Gillen

Despite the obvious disappointment at having their season ended early for the second year in a row for circumstances out of their control, Rose believe the only viable option was to end things through PPG and send Kelty Hearts through to the end of season play-offs where they will now face Brora Rangers of the Highland League for a potential place in League Two.

Had clubs instead voted on a null and void conclusion then this would have sent no side into the play-offs and this was unfair to Kelty Hearts, said the local club.

A statement released on bonnyriggrosefc.co.uk said: “The board has a duty to put forward a league champion and, with other metrics unavailable, the only sound basis to use was based on current PPG.

"To reiterate, declaring the season null and void would mean no club from the Lowland League would go forward to the pyramid play-offs.”

However, Rose remain concerned that the use of goal difference as a differentiator, given how truncated the season has been, may put them at a disadvantage.

This would see Rose move from joint second to third which could become important should a vote be held on reconstruction and an expanded League Two next season.

“One positive the decision does bring is clarity and an end to the limbo that we have endured for the majority of this year,” added the club’s statement.

" It allows us to plan for next season and with the positive news in terms of vaccination and suppression of this deadly virus it gives us the hope that next season we can determine a champion on the pitch, not the boardroom.”

Once the points-per-game formula was applied to the Lowland League, it was confirmed Rose had finished their season in joint second place, along with East Kilbride. East Kilbride, though, were placed one slot higher with a three goal better goal difference.

The new Lowland League season will start on July 17.