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Wick Academy could play in the North of Scotland Cup next season as organisers hopeful tournament can go ahead


By Will Clark

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ORGANISERS remain hopeful that the North of Scotland Cup will still take place next season despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wick Academy facing Invergordon last season.
Wick Academy facing Invergordon last season.

The North of Scotland Football Association says a decision on whether the competition will be played in the 2020/21 campaign will be delayed until the end of this year.

If it does goes ahead, it is likely the tournament will take place in April and May.

It has been confirmed that the Highland League will start on Saturday, October 17 but each team will only play 16 matches.

The Highland League Cup is scheduled to take place at the start of 2021 with a first round group stage.

North of Scotland FA secretary Graham Wilson says while the competition is in limbo this season, they hope that it can go ahead.

“A decision on when it can take place has been delayed due to the uncertainties of the return of competitive football,” he said.

“Clubs have also agreed to delay a decision.

“It is felt the focus should be getting the Highland League up and running because the North of Scotland Cup is a short sharp competition which can happen over four dates.

“This will be reviewed later in the year, with the hope that it will beplayed before the end of the season which is scheduled for May.

“The competition has not been binned this season, but has been put in limbo to see what is going on.”

The competition will involve 13 North of Scotland FA members, made up of nine Highland League clubs including Wick Academy, SPFL clubs Caley Thistle, Elgin City and Ross County and NCL club Golspie Sutherland.



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