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Invergordon manager fearing an early end to North Caledonian campaign

By Staff Reporter

Invergordon manager Gary Campbell fears there may be a premature end to the North Caledonian League season.

Saints's Jake Locket is crowded out by Invergordon players. Picture: Graeme Webster
Saints's Jake Locket is crowded out by Invergordon players. Picture: Graeme Webster

His side are four points clear at the top of the table with three games to play, and would have been looking to hold off late title challenges from Orkney, St Duthus, Golspie Sutherland and Thurso.

But Invergordon have now ceased training due to a new directive that has been issued to all clubs participating in the league.

“We will just have to wait and see what the outcome is from the SFA,” he said.

“But I can’t see any more football being played in our league this season.”

If Campbell is proved right, it will have been an underwhelming end to their campaign after they lost 3–2 away at Golspie Sutherland last time out.

It is not just on-field matters that have ground to a halt because of coronavirus.

Inverness Athletic have been forced to postpone a major fundraiser in the form of their sportsman’s dinner.

Athletic chairman Sandy Stephen felt the club had no option but to make the call.

The event was due to feature appearances from former Rangers players David Weir and Lee McCulloch as special guests, and was supposed to take place at the end of this month.

“It’s a huge blow for the club,” said the Athletic chairman.

“But we felt it was the right call considering everything that is going on.”

The club are now in the process of refunding over 150 people who had already bought tickets for the dinner.

With the North Caledonian League season currently suspended ‘until further notice’ Stephen, who is also the league’s secretary, says the league are awaiting further instructions from the Scottish FA.

“We will take our guidance from the SFA and follow suit,” he said.

“We want to get the season finished but at the moment football is not that important.

“The important thing is everyone stays healthy and safe.”

Athletic have not played since February 22 when theylost 6–1 at home to Invergordon, possibly capping a difficult season for the club.

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