Reprieve for Legion who stay in ‘B’ division

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Hawick Legion are back in the ‘B’ division following a dramatic turn of events at the recent Border Amateur League Association annual general meeting.

Relegated at the end of the season, the Wilton Lodge Park outfit appeared to be consigned to life in the ‘C’ division for the forthcoming campaign.

However, after a “lot of discussion”, Legion will retain their place in the ‘B’ division. Explaining the decision, Border Amateur League official Colin Campbell told the Hawick News: “Due to four clubs having come out of the league there had to be some sort of reconstruction and several proposals were put forward at the agm.

“After a lot of discussion, it was decided that there will be a new set-up of eleven clubs in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions and ten in the ‘C’ division. In order to achieve this only one club was relegated from the ‘B’ division, instead of two, and with Bowholm finishing bottom, Hawick Legion are back in the ‘B’ division.”

Legion chairman Davie Fraser, who attended the meeting, commented: “We’re delighted to be back in the ‘B’ division, and justice has been done.

“An initial vote at the meeting went against us staying in the ‘B’ division, but this was changed within quarter-of-an-hour after clubs had been informed of the ins and outs of things.

“Because of events outhwith our control, we had lost six points that we really needed. We had beaten Winton twice but they then withdrew from the league, and all points in the matches Winton had played in were void. So we were being punished because a team had left the league.

“This was the case that we put across. A lot of talking was done, and the result was that we are back in the ‘B’ division which is great news.”

Meanwhile, Hawick Royal Albert don’t know what league format they will be playing in next season.

Nine clubs, including Gala Fairydean, Selkirk and Vale of Leithen have quit the East of Scotland scene to join the newly-formed Lowland League.

Talking of matters, Royal Albert secretary/treasurer Dougie Purves said: “The best of luck to the clubs that have joined the Lowland League, but it wasn’t for Hawick Royal Albert.

“Because of all these clubs leaving there is going to have to be a change in the East of Scotland League set-up. And it’s all touch and go what might happen at the moment. But there could perhaps be a premier league of ten clubs, and a first division of eight, or one league of 18.”

Following the club’s agm, Royal Albert have a new chairman in Jim Borthwick.

Fran Barker is the new vice-chairman, while Gerry Aprile, who was acting-chairman last season, has resigned.