Caledonian Braves boss Ricky Waddell favours playing half Lowland League games

Caledonian Braves manager Ricky Waddell is itching for his side to get back into Lowland League action.

Braves manager Ricky Waddell

The Motherwell-based side’s gaffer – like the rest of the league – is waiting to hear clarity on if – and when – the 2020-21 campaign will resume having been put off for over two months by Covid-19 restrictions.

Waddell, whose side are just two games shy of playing half their league games this season which all clubs need to reach to avoid ‘null and voiding’ the campaign, told the Times and Speaker: “I’m definitely in favour of coming back.

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"The boys have been off longer than a close season so they need to get back.

"I would like to finish the first half of the season. I would like to have the league decided on a points per game basis and play the Lowland League Cup if you’re not involved in the play-off to get up.

"This would give us a champion club rather than the league being null and voided.”

As time goes by and no announcement on a resumption is forthcoming, the prospect of teams playing a full season before the summer is looking more and more unikely.

Waddell added: "I don’t agree with having to play three games per week (to play the full quota of 32 league games this season).

"If you’re doing that right you probably need to spend four weeks training for that and start to add friendlies so you can build up that loading on the players’ legs to be able to play that volume of games.

"And I don’t think it’s fair if you’re going for the league either.

"It becomes a little bit more of a lottery.”