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Does anyone know whether the format of the East Region League Cups (aka the Thorntons East Region League Cup and the Consolation League Cup) has been announced anywhere? All 36 clubs left in the East Region after the mass defection were divided into twelve sections of three clubs at the beginning of the season: teams played the other teams in the section twice, giving four matches for each team. This stage has recently finished, with the 12 group winners continuing to the next round, and the 24 other teams being punted into the Consolation Cup. So far so good, but now things get a bit murkier. I thought I had seen that the League Cup was going into a second group stage, but can't find any details on the East Region website (4 groups of 3 teams? Teams playing each other once or twice?) What is the makeup of the groups? Presumably then the four winners of this stage would go into semi-finals? I haven't found anything about the Consolation Cup, except that a couple of fixtures have been announced for 6 April (Arbroath Vics - Forfar Albion and Bathgate-Whitburn). Are these 24 teams playing in another group stage as well? If so, how many groups (4 x 6 teams, 8 x 3 teams?) and who is in them? How many subsequent rounds are there (quarters? straight to semis?) Or is the consolation cup a knockout with 8 ties and 8 byes? Whatever it is, there are going to be a lot of games to cram into May and June to get these cups finished!
Last season Edusport Academy were automatically promoted to LL (Lothian Thistle HV being unlicensed) and Preston Athletic relegated to EOSL. Selkirk were reprieved when Cove didn't reach SPFL2. This season's playoff is Saturday 5th & 12th May. Kelty Hearts have joined EOSL and Bonnyton Thistle SOSL... where Wigtown & Bladnoch, dubbed "the lesser invincibles" who only missed-out on promotion to LL due to a late collapse, have withdrawn after almost all their players left. Duns and Fleet Star haven't returned. LL are 6 games in, and pointless Hawick and Vale of Leithen (3pts) currently occupy the relegation slots. Above them are Whitehill & Edinburgh Uni on 4pts, CSS on 5pts, then slew beyond that. http://slfl.co.uk/lowland-league-table/ SOSL are 9 games in but a few have been postponed over Scottish Cup commitments. Lochar are the early leader (but unlicensed) - hotly pursued by Heston, Bonnyton and Newtown Stewart while Threave have 3 games-in-hand. St Cuthbert Wanderers have made a wretched start - 5th bottom on 4pts. http://www.southofscotlandfootballleague.co.uk/Divisions Early days in EOSL where Kelty, LTHV, Heriot-Watt Uni and Leith all have maximum points. Preston also joint top. http://www.eosfl.com/leaguetables.asp