Weather wipes out Highland League fixtures

Inverurie Locos are due to host local rivals Formartine United at Harlaw Park this Saturday, weather permitting
Inverurie Locos are due to host local rivals Formartine United at Harlaw Park this Saturday, weather permitting
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The freezing weather claimed the whole of Saturday’s Highland League card, with all nine matches postponed due to frozen pitches.

Amongst the casualties was the local derby between Inverurie Locos and Formartine United, due to be played at Formartine’s North Lodge Park.

This Saturday the two sides are due to meet again at Harlaw Park, Inverurie, weather permitting.

But despite the fixture wipe-out, Highland League President Finlay Noble wasn’t too concerned about a possible fixture backlog due to the current wintry weather.

President Finlay Noble said, “We are well up-to-date when it comes to games being played and are hardly behind schedule at all.

“There was a lot of mid week football at the start of the season, probably too much as not many people liked it. But it meant we could save four free Saturdays in March and April in order to catch up on any games that were postponed.

Despite the league being due to finish earlier this season due to a new pyramid system and play-offs allowing teams access to the Scottish Professional Football League. The Highland League champions will play off against the Lowland League champions, with the winners facing the side that finishes at the bottom of Scottish League 2.

Mr Noble added, “We can play midweek games in the new year if we have to but we are not in danger yet of having to do a lot of catching up.

“Sometimes at this stage of the season we have been behind by about 100 games due to postponements.

“But just now it’s only about 20 games that we need to catch up on.”