Positive Nairn County covid test puts off Lewis football ace Eachainn Miller’s Highland League opener

Isle of Lewis football ace Eachainn Miller and his Clachnacuddin team-mates were denied a return to competitive action in last Saturday’s Highland League opener at Nairn County when the game was postponed after a positive covid-19 test forced nine personnel at the home club to self-isolate.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 4:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 4:32 pm
Eachainn Miller in action for Clachnacuddin last season

In a statement, Nairn secretary Ian Finlayson said: “Following the positive covid-19 test on a person associated with the club on Tuesday, November 24, we have been working closely with NHS Highland Test & Protect service, the Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Highland Football League and the Scottish government to ensure everyone at the club is safe.

“NHS Highland Test and Protect instructed nine of our club personnel who they deemed to have been in close contact with the person to immediately self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

“Consequently the SHFL fixture versus Inverness Clachnacuddin is postponed.

“At present, no other fixture is affected but this remains under review.

“Fans who purchased tickets for the game vs Clachnacuddin will have valid tickets for the rearranged fixture (date to be advised) or can request a refund via our ticket convener.

“Our first and primary concern during this is the health of the person affected and the safety of all associated with the club. The Highland League and SFA have confirmed that we followed all covid protocols correctly with regard to our training.

“We thank the Scottish Highland Football League and the Scottish Football Association for their support and advice during this period.

“The person who tested positive also acted entirely correctly, self-isolating at the first sign of symptoms and immediately arranging a test.

“We would like to apologise for the disappointment to all associated with the club who were so looking forward to playing back in the league in front of our fans.”

Eachainn and his Clach mates’ first scheduled fixture in the 2020-21 Highland League is now at home to Turriff United this Saturday.