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North Caledonian Football Association announce season will be suspended for one month. Aims to restart on February 6. Teams affected include Halkirk United, Orkney and Thurso

By Will Clark

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The North Caledonian Football Association have announced its season will be suspended until February 6 as a result of the national lockdown.

The North Caledonian League will aim to restart on February 6. Picture: Callum Mackay
The North Caledonian League will aim to restart on February 6. Picture: Callum Mackay

The NCFA management committee met tonight to unanimously agree to pause the fixture calendar for the month of January, including training activity and friendlies.

The North Caledonian League had been given exemption to play during lockdown but the committee have decided to freeze the season due to the number of cases rising in the Highlands.

A spokesman said: "As an association, we took the decision before the season started to temporarily restructure our league format with the future in mind.

"This reduced schedule has allowed us to make this decision knowing that we have time on our side and we look forward to completing the season following this short pause.

"Although our association has an exemption from the Scottish FA and the Scottish Government to continue playing, we believe that in light of tighter restrictions and an increase in cases locally, that pausing our schedule is the correct decision at this time, to help safeguard the vulnerable communities many of our teams belong to."

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