ARBROATH Vics finished the season in fourth place in the McBookie.com North Division.
Having completed their league programme before all the other teams in the division, Vics had to wait a couple of weeks to see if their tally of 34 points would be enough to secure the fourth spot, or if Kirrie Thistle or East Craigie would overtake them. However a draw between those two and East Craigie’s defeat at Dundee Violet, ensured Vics couldn’t be caught.
East Craigie did claim fifth place with a win against Blairgowrie in their final game of the season knocking Kirrie down to sixth.
Dundee Violet won the title and promotion to the Premier Division. In fact nobody could dispute they were worthy champions, losing only one league match all season away to Dundee North End who finished second. Indeed it was North End who took the only other points off them in a draw at Glenesk Park. Montrose Roselea finished third.
At the foot of the table, Coupar Angus finished bottom of the pile, failing to win a single game and conceding over 100 goals in the process. They did, however, manage to get two points on the board, drawing twice with Forfar Albion who ended up second bottom.
Vics were never out of the top four for most of the season, but defeats against Violet and North End both home and away effectively put paid to any chance they had of winning the title. They did, however, draw twice with Montrose Roselea, which cost them the chance of second.
Vics also came close to reaching their first cup final for many years but were denied by a controversial stoppage time goal in the semi-final of the D. J. Laing League Cup, which sent Carnoustie Panmure through.
With only 11 teams in the league this season, the forthcoming campaign will see that expanded to 12 again. Forfar West End, who went into abeyance midway through the season, are set to return in the North League, while Downfield have been relegated from the Premier Division.
McBookie.com East North League
P W D L F A Pts
Dundee Violet 20 18 1 1 80 15 55
Dundee North End 20 14 4 2 50 22 46
Montrose Roselea 20 13 4 3 50 17 43
Arbroath Vics 20 10 4 6 37 35 34
East Craigie 20 9 6 5 45 35 33
Kirrie Thistle 20 10 2 8 47 26 32
Brechin Vics 20 8 0 12 38 63 24
Lochee Harp 20 6 2 12 33 51 20
Blairgowrie 20 4 3 13 30 40 15
Forfar Albion 20 1 6 13 25 50 9
Coupar Angus 20 0 2 18 25 105 2