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North Caledonian League will go on despite Bunillidh Thistle pulling out

By Will Clark

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The North Caledonian Football Association (NCFA) are confident they will be able to complete league and cup competitions despite one of their clubs pulling out.

Bunillidh Thistle
Bunillidh Thistle

Bunillidh Thistle confirmed they are withdrawing from this season’s competition due to the impact of coronavirus restrictions on playing football.

The Helmsdale outfit made the decision based on several factors. It included being unable to use changing facilities and travelling to areas which could risk spreading infection were reasons that they were not prepared to play this season.

NCFA president Iain Whitehead says they respected Bunillidh’s decision and is confident the remaining 12 clubs will play this season which kicks off tomorrow.

“The withdrawal of Bunillidh Thistle will not impact the start date of the season at all,” he said.

“It is disappointing Bunillidh have decided to not play this season, but we understand their reasons why.

“Thurso have also raised concerns about playing this season.

“But the other teams have confirmed they will play this season and will play on Saturday.

“Points have been raised about the changing rooms situation.

“But 12 clubs are all happy to give it a go and see how we get on.”

NCL Division One with feature Golspie Sutherland, Halkirk United, Invergordon, Orkney, St Duthus and Thurso.

NCL Division Two features Alness, Bonar Bridge, Inverness Athletic, Loch Ness, Nairn County Under-20s and Scourie.

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