CLUBS in the East of Scotland League have voted to bring their season to an end immediately.

Its 40 members, including Crossgates Primrose, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts and Oakley United, were asked to vote on proposals put forward by the league's committee.

In addition to being asked whether the season should be concluded from now, they were asked whether it should be done so as per the basis outlined by the league.

That proposed final standings for the season should be decided on a points per game basis; that no club would be relegated from the Premier Division; and that the Premier Division would be temporarily increased to allow the winners of the First Division's Conference A and Conference B to be promoted.

In addition, the plan stated that if the Premier Division champions are promoted to the Lowland League, they would be replaced by the Conference runners-up who have the highest points per game average.

That will be of interest to Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, who were clear in second place in Conference B, behind runaway leaders - and now declared champions - Tynecastle.

Oakley United, who were eighth in Conference A, are set to remain in the First Division when football resumes, while Crossgates Primrose will retain their Premier Division status.

After just three clubs voted against concluding the season now, 29 clubs then voted in favour of the league board's proposal.

That means that Bo'ness United have been declared Premier Division champions, while Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have been crowned winners of Conference A.

If Bo'ness are given the green light to move into the Lowland League, the Swifts would join Tynecastle and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in being promoted to the Premier Division.

In a club statement, they said: "This vote means the Board’s proposal has been supported by a majority of member clubs and as a result Bo'ness have been announced winners of the Premier League. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have been announced Conference A winners and Tynecastle Hearts have been announced Conference B winners. 

"Congratulations to all 3 teams from all at the Swifts.

"All that's left now is to wait on the decision regarding Bo'ness being promoted to the Lowland League. 

"IF they are promoted the Swifts will in turn be promoted to the Premier League for next season. 

"No matter what happens the management team and the players must be recognised for having a fantastic season considering it is only our second season in the EOS league."

League bosses are scheduled to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting next week.

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