Fixtures announced as North Caledonian League teams aim to complete season by end of June
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Halkirk United and Thurso are gearing up to resume their respective North Caledonian League campaigns at the end of May after what will have been a five-month break from competitive football.
The season has been in cold storage since December but fixtures have been announced with the aim of completing all matches in the two divisions before the end of June.
The last competitive action took place on December 19 before the scheduled midwinter break.
The North Caledonian Football Association's management committee agreed in early January to pause the calendar after the whole of mainland Scotland had gone into lockdown amid rising cases of Covid-19 across the country.
Under the latest easing of lockdown measures, adult outdoor contact sport can resume from May 17.
Thurso and Halkirk United are fourth and fifth respectively in the six-team top division, both on seven points. The Vikings have five fixtures still to play, while Halkirk have three remaining.
A Caithness derby is pencilled in for Saturday, June 19.
Invergordon are top of the table with 13 points from their opening five fixtures. The Easter Ross side are a point clear of Golspie, who have played one game more, with St Duthus a further point behind having played eight matches.
Inverness Athletic have a one-point lead at the top of Division Two but second-placed Alness United have three games in hand.
Association president Iain Whitehead said: “With outdoor sport allowed to restart on May 17, we are looking at continuing the season two weeks after that.
"The plan is to start up when we can and see if the fixtures can be played. Hopefully it will not take too long to conclude the leagues.
“We have had a meeting with the teams and they have said that they want to try it.”
Saturday, May 29 – Division One: Halkirk United v Golspie Sutherland; Orkney v Thurso; St Duthus v Invergordon. Division Two: Alness United v Scourie; Loch Ness v Bonar Bridge.
Wednesday, June 2 – Division Two: Inverness Athletic v Alness United.
Saturday, June 5 – Division One: Invergordon v Golspie Sutherland; Orkney v Halkirk United; Thurso v St Duthus. Division Two: Alness United v Bonar Bridge; Nairn County A v Scourie.
Saturday, June 12 – Division One: Orkney v Golspie Sutherland; Thurso v Invergordon. Division Two: Nairn County A v Alness United; Scourie v Loch Ness.
Saturday, June 19 – Division One: Orkney v Invergordon; Thurso v Halkirk United.
Saturday, June 26 – Division One: Golspie Sutherland v Orkney; Invergordon v Thurso.