LOSSIEMOUTH club Brander have withdrawn from Moray welfare football’s Premier Division due to a lack of players.
League match secretary Keith Hadden confirmed on Wednesday that the coast club was unable to fulfil their remaining fixtures and had decided to drop out.
It means all points gained from matches played against Brander this term have been deducted from the remaining clubs’ totals.
Of the four clubs in contention for this year’s league title, champions Bishopmill Villa benefit most as they were the only leading team to lose a match to Brander this season.
Portsoy return to the top of the table and Bishopmill have now drawn level with Rothes A, who has six points deducted as a result of Brander’s withdrawal.
Burghead United also lose six points, edging them further down the chasing pack.
The alteration to the league table has also had an impact on the relegation battle, with Tomintoul and Buckie United both dropping six points, while fellow strugglers Aberlour Villa are not affected.
League official Hadden said: "I sincerely hope Brander can regroup and get organised for next season, but we all appreciate how difficult it is to get players to commit themselves these days."
See this week’s Northern Scot for full results, reports and updated Moray welfare tables.