Title chasers Threave Rovers back decision to void South of Scotland League again

The South of Scotland Football League has been declared null and void for the second successive season.

By Ian MacLean
Thursday, 8th April 2021, 8:00 am
Threave Rovers and Stranraer have battled it out for the South of Scotland League title for the last two seasons with no champion declared (pic: Bill McCandlish)

With all SSFL fixtures remaining suspended by the Scottish Government until May 17 at the earliest, the league held a meeting last week to discuss the best way forward.

And clubs voted by 14 votes to two - those voting included Dalbeattie Star and Annan Athhletic due to the proposal including cup competitions they are involved in - that the league season was should be null and voided for a second season in a row.

It was agreed not to schedule any further fixtures in any SSFL, SCFA or WDFA Competition in season 2020/21.

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And an agreement not to declare ny team as champions of the incomplete season means there will be no SSFL representative in any pyramid play-offs for a place in the Lowland League.

A statement on the league's Twitter feed said: "Some talk was made about declaring a league winner. If a champion were to represent us in a playoff, the finances involved would of been too much for any club in our league due to the amount of covid testing needed done."

The league stopped with Stranraer top of the table, but second-placed Threave Rovers had games in hand and had a better points-per-game ratio – a reversal of the situation the two title rivals were in when last season was also voided.

However Threave Rovers chairman David McVittie says the correct decision has been made: “We could have gone for points per game and declared a champion, which would have been ourselves, but we made it clear we didn't want to go up that way just playing so many games in the season

"We'd rather play the season out and be crowned champions and then go up, but null and void was the right decision.”

As for the future, a decision on next season won’t be taken until the league agm which will be next month at the earliest.

But David would like to see an early kick-off, which would give some leeway in the event of another Covid-enforced winter shutdown.

He said: “I would like to see them maybe starting the league at the beginning of July, rather than at the end, start early and get some games in, even if they use it as a pre-season and throw a couple of cups in.”.