THE junior football season was last week called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With Ardrossan Winton Rovers joint top of the McBookie League One and in with a good chance of promotion, this was obviously devastating news.

But for chairman Pat Breen, he insists that football has to take a back seat during such times.

Rovers were joint top of the table with eight games left to play.

It comes as it was confirmed all 63 West region junior sides have been accepted into the new West of Scotland League system for next season.

Breen told the Herald: “I think it’s a good move for Junior football because it was going nowhere. Looking in the longer term, it’ll benefit everyone eventually.

“But I do think it’ll take a couple of seasons to sort itself out though. The trouble is nobody knows when the new season is going to be able to start.

“I think they will have enough time to reconstruct it all because now this current season is finished.

“It’s disappointing because we were going for promotion this year and were looking to win that league, so I don’t know how that’ll go now, it’s not been disclosed.

“Football comes well down the pecking order in times like this though, it must be said.

“But of course it’s disappointing when we were riding high with a few games to go. ”

He added: “It’s also disappointing because it’s the 120th anniversary of the club this year. We are still hoping to plan an event for some time in July.”


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