The league management committee of the North Caledonian Football Association held their Annual General Meeting via online video conference on Sunday evening, and in doing so, unanimously agreed that for the 2020-21 season only, member clubs would be divided into a two-tier league programme with new/returning clubs joining the bottom tier.
The temporary move confirms that St. Duthus will participate in what will surely prove to be a fiercely contested top division involving the six highest placed teams from last season.
Three new clubs seeking membership (Loch Ness F.C., Nairn County F.C. 'A' and Scourie F.C.) were accepted into the association without objection, while existing members Alness United also confirmed that they will resume participation from 2020-21.
The divisions for 2020-21 were determined as follows:
Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League Division 1
Golspie Sutherland, Halkirk United, Invergordon, Orkney, St. Duthus, Thurso
Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League Division 2
Alness United, Bonar Bridge, Bunillidh Thistle, Inverness Athletic, Loch Ness, Nairn County 'A', Scourie
It was agreed that the league would return to one division for the 2021-22 season.
The management committee agreed to reconvene at a later date to add cup competitions to the schedule if the season calendar allows.
League secretary Sandy Stephen said,
"The two-tiered league structure and the reduced schedule presents us with a variety of options depending on when the season can get going. If it is sooner than expected and 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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