Tweedmouth had hoped to play rest of season out

East of Scotland League side Tweedmouth Rangers had hoped there might be some mileage left in the 2019-20 season – before last week’s big-majority vote to finish the campaign now.

Thursday, 30th April 2020, 12:15 pm
Neil Oliver, Tweedmouth Rangers boss

Clubs opted by 37 votes to three to end the term immediately, followed by a 29-11 verdict in favour of a points per game basis on which to proceed.

The Berwick-based Conference ‘B’ side had hoped – safety permitting – to contest their remaining games, if at all feasible. However, they stressed they were standing by the outcome.

“The decision has been taken by member clubs and it’s no surprise to anybody that the season has been concluded,” said a Shielfield spokesman.

“The method of conclusion was never going to suit everyone, no matter what method was agreed, but democracy has spoken and we are done.

“The committee at Tweedmouth Rangers voted to play the season out, when and if it became a realistic and safe possibility. We still had nine home games to play, so we believed we could have added to our points tally for the season.

“But we fully accept the decision of the majority of other clubs.”

Tweedmouth Rangers are looking forward and preparing for next season – whenever that may be – as they now have two new junior teams joining the ranks. “We will have our new clubhouse up and running for the season ahead and continue with our plans for ground improvements,” added the spokesman.

“Our manager, Neil Oliver, wasted no time signing most of last season’s players and has already added two up and coming players to our existing young squad of local talent as we look to build on last season.

“During this period, the club continues to prosper through the hard work and commitment of the committee. We continue with our monthly 50-50 draw, which greatly helps the club’s finances as we strive to move forwards.

“We also all recognise the excellent work the NHS does during these times and have offered all NHS staff a free season ticket for next season, to show our appreciation as a club.”