Local junior football side Arbroath Vics finished the season in sixth place in the McBookie.com North Division.
With two teams being promoted to the Premier League in the revamped set-up for next season, the league was the closest it has been for many years, with no fewer than eight teams having a chance of going up, going into the last few matches.
Indeed, Vics were still in with a chance of making the step-up with two games left, but defeat in their final two outings saw their hopes fade, and teams with games in hand eventually overcame them, which saw them slip to sixth place.
Vics were particularly strong at home, losing only three times - to Kirrie Thistle and Montrose Roselea in the league and Kelty Hearts in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup. The Fife team went on to reach the quarter-final before losing out to eventual winners Auchinleck Talbot.
Away from the league, Vics’ best run was in the DJ Laing League Cup where they reached the semi-final before losing 1-0 to Kirrie Thistle.
Kirrie Thistle won the title despite having a backlog of fixtures to catch up on. Montrose Roselea joined them by securing second place by virtue of a better goal difference than East Craigie. The Dundee side was the surprise package in the division and was not expected to be amongst the front runners, but they led the way for a spell before finishing third.
Forfar West End, in their first season back after going into abeyance, would have won the title had they not been deducted six points for fielding ineligible players during that season and they eventually had to settle for finishing fourth.
At the foot of the table, Coupar Angus finished bottom of the pile, conceding over 100 goals in the process. They did however manage to get four points on the board and sprang the surprise result of the season when they won away at Dundee North End, who was most people’s favourites to win the championship.
Next season the revamped East Region has four leagues of 16 teams. Vics will be joined in the division by the nine other teams who finished below the top two places and Perthshire sides Scone Thistle, Luncarty and Bankfoot Athletic as well as Fife side Newburgh, who were all in this season’s Central League.
Two other teams will be required to make the number up to 16 and although it is not yet known who they will be the likelihood is they will be from the northern end of Fife. One new team has applied to join the SJFA set-up from Fife, Kennoway Star Hearts, and it is possible they will be asked to join the league if they gain approval at the annual general meeting in mid-June.
Winners for the final four weeks were, week 37: £10 - No. 115 Gareth Ruxton; £5 – No. 36 Hayley McDonald. Week 38: £10 – No. 50 Jim Mowatt; £5 – No. 137 Peter Longmuir. Week 39: £10 – No. 76 Colleen Dall; £5 – No. 12 Matty Johnston. Week 40: £500 – No. 21 Craig Watson; £70 – No. 5 M. Lawson; £30 – No. 139 Lois Simpson; £15 – No. 102 Irene Robertson; £15 – No. 60 Susan Emslie; £10 – No. 15 Dick Balfour; £5 – No. 53 Bill Rattray.
McBookie.com East North League Final positions
P W D L F A Pts
Kirrie Thistle 22 15 5 2 75 28 50
Montrose 22 15 2 5 68 23 47
East Craigie 22 15 2 5 60 32 47
Forfar WE* 22 17 0 5 71 33 45
Dundee NE 22 12 4 6 59 32 40
Arbroath Vics 22 11 4 7 51 37 37
Downfield 22 11 3 8 57 41 36
Blairgowrie 22 10 2 10 49 40 32
Lochee Harp 22 6 3 13 28 53 21
Brechin Vics 22 3 1 18 31 73 10
Forfar Albion 22 2 1 19 24 98 7
Coupar Angus 22 1 1 20 19 102 4
*Forfar WE deducted six points for playing unregistered players