The managers of Auchinleck Talbot and Cumnock Juniors believe the Premier Division of the new West of Scotland Football League has been ‘weakened’ after five clubs withdrew including themselves.

The Nock and Talbot joined Glenafton Athletic, Kilbirnie Ladeside and Pollok in pulling out of this season’s league prior to last weekend’s kick-off over coronavirus concerns.

Cumnock boss, Tony McInally, said: “The league is not as competitive without the five clubs that have withdrawn because those five are highly competitive and would have been challenging for any cup or league.

“In my opinion the league is a bit diluted in terms of the competition when clubs in the league won’t be playing against those five who withdrew. Some teams might see it as an opportunity to have a better chance of success and others will miss that competition.”

Talbot boss, Tommy Sloan, added: “The league has been weakened with all the clubs that have withdrawn there is no question about that. It’s not a good thing and none of us are pleased about pulling out but for us it was the only decision that could be made. It gives an opportunity for other clubs.”