Fingers crossed for Duns and Coldstream applications

Fence posts around Duns FC's ground
Fence posts around Duns FC's ground

Local clubs Coldstream and Duns are both waiting to hear this week whether or not their fomal applications to join the Lowland League next season have been accepted.

Seven clubs have been confirmed as making bids to join the fifth tier of Scottish football, and a decision is due to be made this weekend.

Fence posts around Coldstream FC's ground at Home Park.

Fence posts around Coldstream FC's ground at Home Park.

League Chairman Andrew Waddell said: “We are delighted that there has been such an interest in the League and we will now look at each application on its own merits and assess them to ensure that they will be in a position to meet the entry requirements.”

“This process will take time to complete and clubs will know by the end of April on the outcome of their application.”

Amongst those applying are Coldstream and Duns and last week representatives from the Lowland league Board visited both clubs as part of the application process.

Coldstream currently play in the East of Scotland Premier Division, whilst Duns play in the EOS First Division.

Coldstream chairman Steve Wright said: “We are a club with ambition and we want to play at the highest level.

“We would have been stupid not to apply, but now we have our fingers crossed that we are accepted in.

“The only concern we have is the costs involved and the travelling, but we have a good treasurer who keeps a firm hold on the purse-strings.”

Last week work started on the construction work at Duns’ New Hawthorn Park ground, where the team will play home games from next season. Contractors moved in and started to erect a new perimiter fence.

Duns’ chairman Colin Pike said: “As an ambitious club who are pushing ahead both on and of the park we felt we had to make an application to join the Lowland League. We have no doubts we could be an asset to that particular league given our plans.

“Non league football is at the start of a new journey in Scotland and those clubs with the foresight might be lucky enough to go along for the ride.

“With the introduction of the pyramid system there is at last a genuine pathway for ambitious clubs like ourselves to justify the not inconsiderable expense and time involved to make a genuine push for betterment.”

Up to four clubs from the seven applications may be elected to play in the Lowland League next season. In order to qualify clubs must be assured that they can achieve a club license by May 2015.