No verdict expected until April on any restart of Lowland or East of Scotland Leagues
This newspaper understands that it is expected that no decision will be taken on whether or not to resume the coronavirus-delayed 2020-21 Lowland League and East of Scotland Leagues until next month at the earliest.
Some clarity within minor senior Scottish football circles was given this week when the West of Scotland Football League stated that its four divisions would be declared null and void if clubs were not allowed to resume full contact training by April 3, therefore allowing for the resumption of competitive fixtures no later than April 17.
But the Journal and Gazette has learned that this decision was taken partly due to so many West clubs having played so few games this season when the campaign was postponed over two months ago, making any resumption impossible due to the challenge of trying to fit in several fixtures within a very short time period.
Conversely, Lowland League and East of Scotland teams have generally played far more games – the benefit of artificial pitches or floodlighting – making ‘fixture cramming’ less of an issue.
The Lowland League has previously confirmed that – other than null and voiding – there are three other options which could allow the resumption of play in the 2020-21 campaign this spring.
Clubs could either play their full quota of matches – increasingly unlikely as more time passes – play half their league games and end the season, or play half their league games before splitting into a top and bottom half to determine final positions.