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THE BURGH A and B-League Football is moving towards a conclusion, with final matches in both leagues scheduled for May.

Hayshead, Muirfield and Inverbrothock are in pole position to fight for the A-League/Premiership, while St Thomas and Warddykes sit proudly at the top of the B-League/Championship at the half way stage.

Meanwhile the 101st annual Watters Cup takes place later this month and into May.

This year, the competition changes to a seven-a-side format, in line with the Scottish Football Association Player Pathway.

The School Sports Association has decided to change the format of the competition, a decision not taken lightly given the Cup’s 100 year history of 11-a-side football.

After consultation with each school and the SFA regional manager, the reasons for change are clear, meaning that the group could no longer justify organising the competition in its current form.

The Scottish FA National Player Pathway states that children of upper primary age should be playing seven-a-side football, with corresponding rules.

The competition will follow the full rules of football, only on a smaller pitch with small goals and each team will have seven players on the pitch at one time.

This means that the winners of the first round/quarter final matches make it to the finals night at Gayfield on Wednesday, May 8, where the semi finals will be played at 6 p.m., the final at 7 p.m.

The draw is: St Thomas v Muirfield; Hayshead v Ladyloan, with the winners playing each other in semi final 1; Timmergreens v Inverbrothock; Friockheim v Warddykes, with the winners playing each other in semi final 2.

The P6 Ed Smith Trophy tournament will take place on Saturday June 1, at the usual venues of Hayshead and Inverbrothock Primaries. The draw is: Section A at Hayshead – Inverbrothock, Muirfield, Timmergreens, Ladyloan. Section B at Inverbrothock – Friockheim, Hayshead, St Thomas, Warddykes.

The semi finals and final are played at Hayshead Primary after the conclusion of the two groups.

Fixtures for the week ahead

ACSC’S fixtures for this weekend are as follows.

Sunday: 12s - Monifieth v ACSC; Under-13s - Ferry v ACSC, 12.30 p.m.; Under-14s - ACSC v St Andrews, 12.30 p.m.; Under-16s - ACSC v Carnoustie, 12.30 p.m.; Under-17s – ACSC v Mains, 2 p.m.; Under-19s – ACSC v Domino, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Under-17s DUSC v ACSC, 6.30 p.m. Thursday: Under-19s - Ferry V ACSC, 6.30 p.m.

Seniors tomorrow (Saturday): Morgan FP v ACSC, 2 p.m.; NCR v ACSC, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Burrelton Rovers v ACSC, 6.30 p.m.

Running

Marathon date

ON SUNDAY three Arbroath Footers ran the Lochaber Marathon. Running conditions were better than predicted with fast times and personal bests achieved. Times were: Gavin Beith 3.07 (PB), Andrew Hartley 3.10 (PB) and Chris Elliott 3.46.

Nine Footers are running the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday. Charities benefiting from their efforts are Scottish Huntington’s Association, Rett Syndrome Research UK, Scottish SPCA, Cancer Research UK and Shelter UK.