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Kick-off looms for welfare football in Moray


By Craig Christie


WELFARE football gets underway this week, with 21 clubs doing battle across two separate leagues.

The Moray league kicks off on Sunday, reigning champs Burghead United beginning with a derby at home to near neighbours Hopeman.

Burghead United celebrate being crowned Moray welfare champions last year
Burghead United celebrate being crowned Moray welfare champions last year

Just 11 clubs have entered the Moray set-up this year with Lhanbryde, Fochabers, Elgin Athletic and Macduff all dropping out, but Lossiemouth side Brander returning to the league after a few years out.

Moray welfare league

On Monday it's the turn of the Forres and Nairn league to start with the Calum Riddell Cup competition.

Ten teams are involved this season, all bidding to take away Nairn club Westerlea's league crown.

Westerlea are the reigning Forres and Nairn league winners
Westerlea are the reigning Forres and Nairn league winners

Lossiemouth Welfare host FC Elgin and Mosset Tavern take on Nairn United in the curtain raising preliminary ties on Monday.

Forres and Nairn league

Fixtures.

Sunday, Abbeyside Care Group Moray League (2pm kick offs)

Brander v Bishopmill Rovers (Lossie playing fields)

Burghead United v Hopeman

Cullen v Aberlour Villa

Portsoy v Buckie United

RAF Lossiemouth v Tomintoul

No game: Banff Rovers

Monday, Calum Riddell Cup preliminary round (6.15)

Lossiemouth Welfare v FC Elgin (The Cage, Lossie)

Mosset Tavern v Nairn United (Roysvale, Forres)

Friday, Calum Riddell Cup quarter-finals (6.15)

Elgin Albion v Elgin Thistle (Pinefield)

Westerlea v Carlton (Riverside, Nairn)



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