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Dramatic non-start to the Strathspey and Badenoch welfare football season

By Gavin Musgrove

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Action from the final weeks of the 2019 season in the Strathspey & Badenoch Welfare football league.
Action from the final weeks of the 2019 season in the Strathspey & Badenoch Welfare football league.

The first games of this season’s Scottish Welfare football fixtures in the strath had to be postponed just an hour before kick-off.

Three ties had been scheduled for Tuesday night but they were unable to go ahead because of an nationwide insurance cover problem for players.

It means that the long wait continues for the return of the local football league last contested in 2019 due to the Covid restrictions.

League chief Alasdair MacNeill confirmed: “The big relaunch of the Strathspey & Badenoch Welfare FA season hit a major hurdle before a single ball was even kicked.

“All of Tuesday night’s fixtures had to be postponed an hour before kick off due to an issue with the mandatory insurance cover not having been put in place by the insurance company.

“This caused a huge level of disappointment and frustration for the players and referees alike but was totally beyond the association’s control.

“The issue has now been resolved so this coming Tuesday’s fixtures will go ahead as planned.

“Week one’s matches have been pushed back and will be played at the end of the season.”

All of Tuesday’s games had to be postponed with just an hour’s notice creating a real headache for Mr MacNeill trying to alert the six local clubs.

The games due to be played were: FC Abernethy v Cromdale; Spey Valley v Aviemore Thistle; Boat of Garten v Kingussie.

The coming games in the David Ritchie & Sons Ltd League to be played next Tuesday are Cromdale v Kingussie; Spey Valley v Boat of Garten; FC Abernethy v Aviemore Thistle. Kick off is at 7pm.

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