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Portsoy pull out of Moray Welfare League, leaving six sides in the 2022 season

By Jonathan Clark

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PORTSOY have pulled out of the 2022 Moray Welfare League just a few days before the first ball is due to be kicked.

It was announced on Monday morning that Portsoy have pulled out of the league due to a lack of players.

A Moray Welfare League post said that the club is hoping to rejoin the division next time around.

It reads: “Unfortunately we have lost Portsoy, who have pulled out due to a lack of players, but they aim to return next year.”

Portsoy are one of five teams to have dropped out of the division from last season’s contingent – 50 per cent of the league.

Moray Welfare League’s 2021 champions Buckie United also pulled out, deciding not to defend their title this summer, and were joined by Lossie Youths, Elgin Golden Oldies and Tomintoul, who have also dropped out.

The league has gained one team, with Craigellachie taking the total number of sides in the league back up to six.

The newcomers are joined by Aberlour Villa, FC Fochabers, Hopeman, Cullen and RAF Lossiemouth in the league, which gets under way on Friday.

The first set of games sees Aberlour Villa host RAF Lossiemouth, Cullen take on FC Fochabers and Hopeman host Craigellachie. All games will kick-off at 7.15pm.

Moray Welfare League has said that there are already enquiries about teams entering in 2023 as the league looks to bolster its numbers.

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