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North of Scotland Cup could happen this season


By Will Clark

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ORGANISERS of the North of Scotland Cup say a decision over whether the tournament will take place this season will depend on how interrupted the Highland League becomes.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness..North of Scotland Cup Final..Ross County(3) v Inverness CT(2). 07.10.18..Ross County captain Ross MacIver with the Cup..
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness..North of Scotland Cup Final..Ross County(3) v Inverness CT(2). 07.10.18..Ross County captain Ross MacIver with the Cup..

The North of Scotland Football Association insist no final decision has yet been made for the 2020/21 campaign.

However, NSFA secretary Graham Wilson says it will all depend on whether Highland League fixtures can be played as scheduled.

Factors such as weather conditions and Covid-19 have meant some clubs have been able to play more games than others.

Ross County enter a reserve team into the competition and won the tournament in 2018, beating Caley Thistle 3–2 in the final.

Wilson says organisers hope they can stage the tournament after the league campaign and League Two play-offs have been completed. But at present, he could offer no guarantee.

“The priority at the moment is the Highland League,” said Wilson.

“The bulk of the teams that play in the North of Scotland Cup are from the Highland League, so discussions are going on.

“But we need to get the Highland League as advanced as possible.

“A decision regarding the North of Scotland Cup will be taken as we see things happening.

“If it is going to happen at all, and we still intend it to happen, it will be towards the end of the season.”

The competition will involve 13 North of Scotland FA members and likely take place in April or May.

Nine Highland League clubs take part including Brora Rangers, Clachnacuddin, Forres Mechanics, Fort William, Lossiemouth, Nairn County, Rothes, Strathspey Thistle and Wick Academy.

North Caledonian League club Golspie Sutherland also take part as full SFA members, along with SPFL clubs Caley Thistle, Elgin City and Ross County.


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