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Utilita League Cup semis will kick off Highland League season on October 17 with matches streamed live on a pay-per-view basis


By Craig Christie

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PAY-per-view football will allow Highland League action to resume in a fortnight's time with the staging of two crucial cup semi-finals.

Rothes and Buckie Thistle will contest their respective Highland League Cup semi-finals on October 17. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Rothes and Buckie Thistle will contest their respective Highland League Cup semi-finals on October 17. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

The league have confirmed that last season's Utilita Highland League Cup semis will be played on Saturday, October 17.

Buckie Thistle will head to champions Brora Rangers while Rothes make the trip to North Lodge Park to face Formartine United.

And the Highland League have revealed: "These matches will be played behind closed doors with live streaming via a subscription channel.

"The same arrangement will hold for the final which will be held at a venue to be announced on Saturday 24th October."

The Highland League announced earlier this week that their league programme, which was scheduled to begin on October 17, had been put on pause until November 28 in anticipation of no crowds being allowed into games for the foreseeable future.

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart said he was pleased that his players would not have to wait another eight weeks for a competitive match.

"We are going to crack on with our friendlies and get prepared for this game," he said.

"It’s a massive game for the club and we want to try and win silverware so to do that we have to be prepared and we’re eager to keep going.

"As a player I wouldn’t be wanting to train another eight or nine weeks without a game."

The Highland League say more details regarding matches and live stream access will be announced as soon as they are finalised.

A spokesperson said: "In making this decision, the League Management Committee took the view that, while the start of season 2020-2021 had been paused, there remained an opportunity to complete season 2019-20 in a concise form and within current match guidelines."



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