Hibs quit East of Scotland League set-up

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Hibs have withdrawn from the East of Scotland League after just one season.

The Easter Road club entered an under-20 side in the seniors set-up last term, with James McDonaugh’s youngsters winning both the Central Taxis First Division and the League Cup.

However, in the wake of the club’s relegation from the Scottish Premiership, the squad is set to be scaled back, meaning fewer players will be available to compete in the East of Scotland League.

After Hibs resigned at yesterday’s AGM, an East of Scotland League spokesperson said: “I would like to thank Hibernian for everything that they have brought to the league over the last year. They have been a credit to the league.”

Selkirk, meanwhile, had their application to continue in the East of Scotland rejected, so there will be 17 teams competing over two divisions next season.

The nine clubs in the Premier Division will play each other three times.

Civil Service Strollers, who finished in the relegation places last term, have escaped the drop as a result of the reshuffle which has also come as a result of Edinburgh University’s move into the Lowland League.

The eight clubs in the First Division will play each other four times.

Promotion and relegation will remain on the usual two up and two down basis.

Premier Division: Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Stirling University, Craigroyston, Tynecastle, Spartans, Leith Athletic, Coldstream, Civil Service Strollers, Easthouses Lily.

First Division: Peebles Rovers, Kelso United, Burntisland Shipyard, Hawick Royal Albert, Duns, Ormiston, Eyemouth United, Heriot-Watt University.