Highland flings history for backlog

WHILE Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League clubs bemoan the backlog of fixtures created by bad weather, spare a thought for the Highland League teams.

Notorious for being the worst Scottish region when it comes to inclement conditions, the Highlands was hit hard by the recent freezing weather. While the south-east of England stops at a dead halt at the first hint of snow, Highland life continues, but not the region's football competition.

Indeed, the Highland League has now been forced to break with tradition in order to just complete fixtures this season. A total of 78 matches need to be rearranged after postponements due to the weather. And this season may still surpass the record 83 games called off in the 1993-94 season.

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Now the Highland League has been left with no alternative but to begin midweek fixtures from 10 February in a bid to clear the backlog.

League secretary John Grant said:

"It hasn't been an easy task and we have been left with no alternative but to schedule midweek games. All of the clubs are well behind with their fixtures, ranging from Brora Rangers with only six to Fort William with 12 matches to pick up."