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North Caledonian League to split into two for one season only as Invergordon and St Duthus to play in Division One. Alness United to play in Division Two.

By Will Clark

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The North Caledonian League will split into two divisions next season due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alness United will play in Division Two.
Alness United will play in Division Two.

Invergordon and St Duthus will be joined by Golspie Sutherland, Halkirk United, Orkney and Thurso in Division One due to finishing in the top six places in the NCL last season.

Division Two will have seven teams, Alness United, who are returning after a year's abeyance, will join Inverness Athletic, Bunillidh Thistle and Bonar Bridge, who finished in the bottom three positions in the league. They will also be joined by new teams Loch Ness, Nairn County A and Scourie.

No date for the start of the season has been announced.

League secretary Sandy Stephen said: "The two-tiered league structure and the reduced schedule this presents us with gives a variety of options depending on when the season can get going.

If we do finish the league campaign early, we have the option of scheduling one of our cup competitions to add to the calendar."

"Moreover, having a schedule to work towards now allows our member clubs to plan financially during this difficult time."

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