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The start of a new season is not always an easy time for the league champions of yesteryear – just ask any Chelsea or Juventus fan. Their dismal starts to the 2015/16 campaign have resulted in last season’s dominant champions languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League and Serie A tables respectively.
 
However, reigning FVFDA U16 champions Milton FC have had no problems hitting the ground running once again as they look to win their third straight league title. The Bannockburn side find themselves in familiar territory having won each of their seven games so far this season, scoring 42 goals in the process and conceding a mere seven.
 
Milton’s dominance has been evident for all to see as they have romped to two successive league titles winning all but one game in each of their last two campaigns. However, several sides have made promising starts to the season this time around with the top three separated by only five points, suggesting that Milton may not have it all their own way this time around.
 
East Stirlingshire FC find themselves three points clear of Milton and are currently top of the table, although they have now played three games more than last season’s champions after victory over Riverside FC this weekend.
 
Despite narrow losses to Milton and Cumbernauld, they have looked impressive so far winning their previous four matches by an aggregate of 28 goals to two. They also made a major statement of intent with an away win against last season’s runners up, Syngenta Juveniles, showing that they can beat the very best that the league has to offer.
 
However, East Stirlingshire will need to replicate that kind of form consistently over the course of the season if they are to mount a serious title challenge.
 
Having finished in second place last season, Syngenta Juveniles are no strangers to a title challenge. Finishing only five points off the pace last season, their only two losses came in closely fought matches against the eventual champions showing that they have the potential to push Milton all the way.
 
This season, however, they already find themselves two points behind Milton having played a game more. Thish could prove costly come the end of the campaign – even at this early stage. Despite this, all is not lost as they have shown in previous campaigns that they have the consistency to stay in a title race until the very end.
 
Furthermore, with the gap between the top teams in the league seemingly having narrowed considerably and with more teams in title contention than ever before, perhaps more than one side will be able to defeat Milton over the course of the season and prevent them from running away with a third successive league title.
 
Two teams who have proven that they have what it takes to beat Milton in recent years are Cumbernauld Colts and Wasp Community Club – the last two sides to beat Milton in the league.
 
Currently Wasps Community Club are in fifth place on 16 points, with Cumbernauld two places back on 13 points. With both sides also yet to play Milton, a victory for either against the champions would make the title race even more intriguing and tarnish the aura of invincibility surrounding Milton.
 
Ahead of both teams above, Stenhousemuir FC Community will prove a tough test for all. This especially after recording an impressive 5-2 victory over Cumbernald Colts this weekend. Only one point off Syngenta and three off Milton, they are certainly a team to watch.
 
Finally, in sixth place is Carmuirs Colts on 15 points. Having played the same number of games as Milton, but six points behind, it will be a tricky task for them to challenge for the title. However, as results have shown in this league already, nothing is guaranteed.
 
There are a lot of questions yet to be answered in this season’s FVFDA U16 league: will Milton be able to go one better than the past two seasons and go a full season unbeaten on their way to a third successive league title?; will Syngenta be able to recover from their shaky start by their incredibly high standards and go on to dethrone the champions?; what role will sides such as East Stirlingshire, Cumbernauld Colts, Wasp Community Club, Stenhousemuir Community and Carmuir Colts play in the title race, if any?
 
However, one thing is for sure: this season is looking like it could be the most intriguing and closely fought in recent years, and Milton will face more challenges than ever before in the defence of their title. 
As league tables begin to take shape across the country, few few can claim to be as competitive as the Forth Valley Football Development Association Under 17s. With almost a third of the season completed five teams are seperated by only four points, with three teams all on 22 points.
 
Alva Swifts and Riverside FC lead the way at the top of the table with an idetical record of seven wins and one draw each. That draw coming with the sides faced off against one another in late August, playing out a 2-2 draw, and are due to meet in the return fixture on November 7th at Alva.
 
Sauchie Juniors are the third side on 22 points having played, and lost, one more game than Riverside and Alva Swifts. All three sides have been prolific infront of goal so far this season, so this league may come down to which of the three can draw blood from one another. Riverside are the only team to have done so in the league so far with a 2-0 victory over.
 
This weekend saw the top three maintain their great starts. Both Riverside and Sauchie Juniors were rampant in their matches, while Alva had a tougher time seeing of Central Boys FA Colts 6-1.
 
Below the top three, there are also two teams who are keeping pace in the form of Stenhousemuir FC Community and East Strilingshire FC. Both teams have only played seven games, one less than the top two and two less than Sauchie, and have emassed six wins and one loss. With these futher teams added into the mix, it means that the Forth Valley FDA U17's league is easily one of the most competitive in Scotland. 
 
Ultimately, with two-thirds of the season still to play, there's still much more to come from all five sides but all can be very pleased with their achievements so far this season and will look to get their hands on some silverware at the end of the campaign.
 
Fixtures to watch in 2015:
 
Sauchie Juniors FC v Stenhousemuir FC Community - 10/10/2015
East Stirlingshire FC v Alva Swifts - 31/10/2015
Alva Swifts v Riverside FC - 07/11/2015
East Stirlingshire FC v Stenhousemuir FC Community - 14/11/2015
Stenhousemuir FC Community v Alva Swifts - 21/11/2015
Riverside FC v Sauchie Juniors FC - 28/11/2015
Stenhousemuir FC Community v  Riverside FC - 05/12/2015
 
 
Steins Thistle enjoyed a comfortable 5-2 win over Cumbernauld Colts last Sunday to cement their position at the top of the u19's Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League. Boasting a 100% record, Steins top the table, on 18 points, five clear of their closest rivals Campsie.
 
I recently spoke with club manager, Kevin Valentine, who believes that striking the right age balance has been the key to his side’s recent impressive league form. “We’ve achieved a fine balance in terms of the age of the players" he said. "75% of our players are 1998’s who have been together for years and know each other well. The other 25% are1997’s, and are also big players for us. Each one has brought a winning mentality, and their character is really strong. They have been a positive influence on the younger players who take a lead from them.”
 
And it would seem that finding this mix of youth and experience isn’t the only balancing act steins have been performing this season. The boys have been prolific in front of goal, scoring 24 en-route to their six league victories. A healthy average of four goals per game, and by far the most pleasing aspect for Kevin; they have come from every area of the team.
 
“This was an Achilles heel last year when we were too reliant on certain players" he said. "We now have goal scorers throughout the team, taking a huge weight off the lads from last year. More importantly, we have players who can score goals out of nothing and players who really make it happen in the final third. We look more of a threat and are much more difficult to defend against.”
 
It is not solely attacking prowess that sees them sit top of the table however, an excellent defensive record has played its part in their success. The boys proved difficult for teams to break down last season and this campaign has been no different as they have conceded just seven goals.
 
With one of Kevin’s coaching mantras being “defend from the front”, he is particularly proud of this aspect of the team’s play, saying “This is an area where we pride ourselves. We pay particular attention to defending set-pieces. So far this season we have yet to concede a goal when defending a corner kick.”
 
Immediate attention will remain focussed on league business, with Steins travelling to Fallin Violets on Sunday. Confidence is high amongst the boys, but nothing is being taken fore granted. “We were dominant against good sides in Campsie and Cumbernauld Utd, but this is a very competitive league" he said. "I have way too much respect for these teams to believe that we can continue our 100% record for too long. It will be how we react to a setback that determines our success. We have to keep working hard and continue improving because teams are now going to be highly motivated against us.”
 
In spite of erring on the side of caution with regard to setting long-term team goals, Kevin does feel that Steins are on course to do very well this season, saying "I prefer to study individual and player performance levels week to week and look to gradually improve them. We have a young squad, so the key for me is progress in their maturity levels and understanding of the dynamics of the game. This, coupled with a healthy desire to win games will insure that we do well. I also want the squad to enjoy the season and remember their time at Steins fondly when they do decide to leave.”
With only five weeks of the new football season behind us, it’s still a little soon for reading too much into early season results, but three sides have so far maintained their 100 per cent records. The trio of Lanarkshire sides, Burnbank BC, Dalziel BC and Cleland BC are all playing their first season of eleven a side football, but it hasn't phased them in the CLYFA 2003 league after moving up from sevens.
 
Burnbank sit proudly on top with Dalziel closely behind in second place, both sides having twelve points from their four starts and only two goals separating the teams for the time being. Cleland are following the top two in fourth place with two wins from two. Youth Football Scotland managed to grab a quick word with two of the coaches, James McAuley from Dalziel Boys Club and Willie Kelly of Cleland Boys Club.
 
Dalziel coach James McAuley believes in fostering a togetherness amongst his players, saying “The ethos from a coaching point of view is to encourage the players to make the right decision. From a player and team point of view we challenge the boys to work together, play together and through this they will win together.”
 
James has been delighted with the progress his side have shown since he started working with the players. “We were playing seven a side last season so never kept track of the results but we had a mixed bag of results over the year" he said. “The boy’s started playing eleven-a-sides in August but played a few games in the league’s summer cup in June.
 
“I’ve worked with some of these players for five years now, most of the others for two to three years. There has definitely been a development in the boys technically and they are getting a better understanding of the game. Their ability and application has always been there though.”
 
The boys have taken the move to elevens really well. They have always been encouraged to maintain possession of the ball and the extra space seems to suit this. The good start is down to them taking what they worked on at sevens and combining this with what they learnt during the summer cup.”
 
James is hoping that his team can improve as the season plays out “The aim for the rest of the season is to build on what we have started. “A good run in the cups and a strong league campaign would be fantastic but it’s important we finish the season a better team than we started.”
 
Cleland coach Willie Kelly said “The boys have been playing eleven a side football since June. We took part in the Blantyre football festival in which we were unbeaten, but lost out narrowly after drawing 0-0 with Hamilton Accies, the eventual winners. We then reached the summer cup final after going on a run of eight unbeaten games before narrowly losing to Yett Farm 2-1 after extra time.”
 
On his sides great start to the season Willie told us that it has been built on the back of last season graft. “The guys have taken to eleven a side football brilliantly with our 100 per cent start to the league last year" he said. "We were unbeaten at seven-a-side in which we had two teams competing in the Monklands soccer sevens. This is all down to attitude, discipline and commitment, with great support from the parents.”
 
Cleland have been able to add to their squad and Willie hopes that the boys will appreciate their football this season. “Yes, we have retained the majority of the boys from sevens and added a couple of players who have had experience playing football with other clubs" he said. "Our squad is now complete. Our aim for the season is to continue to work hard and enjoy the experience.”

 
Fixture: East Stirlingshire v Riverside FC U17
Competition: League Challenge Cup 1st Round
Date: Saturday 26th September
 

This first round league cup match was always going to be a battle and from the start it was clear East Stirlingshire were up for it! The home team started strong and were pressing high with 3 up top but Riverside handled the initial pressure well. After 4 minutes, it was only Riversides' second venture into the Shire half when Alex let fly from 30 yards and beat the outstretched keeper to hit the top corner. An excellent goal to open the scoring. 1-0 Riverside.

Riverside then started to get into a rhythm and were passing the ball better, creating the majority of the chances. Flemming, Stephen and Duncan all coming close to doubling the lead following good build up play and perfectly weighted through balls that Shire managed to stop before they reached Riverside players. The structure was good and the defenders were dealing well with the pressure from the long ball.

It was 8 minutes before half time when Riverside doubled their lead. Stuart played the through ball to Stephen W and he made a driving run to the byline, cutting the ball back to Fin and he fired it home at the back post. 2-0 Riverside.

East Stirlingshire were still dangerous on the counter and just before the break they played a neat one-two on the edge of the box and forced Lewis F to pull off a great one handed save to preserve his clean sheet.

Half Time: East Stirlingshire 0-2 Riverside FC

 The second half did not start well for Riverside and within 30 seconds the home team had pulled one back. Shire raced out of the starting blocks and launched an attack in numbers down the right. A cross into the box and Riverside were sleeping as the Shire striker was given the freedom of Stirling as he nodded the ball home. 2-1 now, game on!

Riverside were quick to respond and Stevie played a nice through ball to Stephen who finished well to restore the 2 goal advantage. A slick passing move that was finished off in style. 3-1 Riverside.

It was Shire on the counter attack and a mistake at the back seen them back in the game at 2-3 with 10 minutes of the second half played. Dilly-dallying on the ball seen the striker nip in and score to reduce the deficit again. 

It was a scrappy second half with East Stirling mixing strong midfield play and long ball, and using it to good effect. Riverside did not have the same attacking flow but still created a couple of chances. The home team then had a stroke of luck and a good Riverside line is caught out by a suspect offside decision but it was tight, and Shire equalised to take the game into extra time.

Full Time: East Stirlingshire 3-3 Riverside FC

 Two periods of 15 minutes followed and thankfully it was Riverside that came out the blocks quicker in the first half that, putting the game out of reach in the first period. The first came from a corner, Bradley delivered a perfect corner and Scott attacked the ball at the back post to bullet his header into the roof of the net, making it 4 goals in 4 games for the big centre back. 4-3 Riverside.

With 2 minutes to go in the first period, Lewis W played a well weighted through ball to Fin who volleyed into the back of the net for his second of the game and to put the game (hopefully) out of sight.

The second period of extra time seen East Stirlingshire pushing forward, forcing 2 cracking point blank saves from Lewis in goal to ensure the game does not go to penalties this time!

Full Time AET: East Stirlingshire 3-5 Riverside FC

Overall a good Riverside performance playing the better passing football. It was a determined performance from the entire squad and the lads were praised for coming out in extra time, showing what they are made of to progress to the Quarter Final.

 
 
 
 
U15's striker Lewis Gracie will tomorrow (Thursday) jet out to Lisbon and join up with Portuguese giants Benfica’s coveted International Development Squad.
 
Diamonds prospect Lewis is one of 14 players from around the world who have been selected to attend a month-long training camp at their world-renowned training facility.
 
Lewis told airdriefc.com, “I can’t wait to get started on the training field, I know I am going to learn so much there. It’s a big chance for me and I aim to make the most of it.”
 
During the training camp Lewis will be put through his paces by Benfica’s Youth Academy Coaches with individual technical practices and tactical analysis sessions. Lewis will also play games against other local academies.
 
Lewis has been an Airdrieonians FC Academy player since U13s and has been sponsored by local businesses ATC Construction, Binz Waste Disposal and Trade Kitchen Centre throughout his time at the Club.
 
He was invited into first team training last Tuesday by boss Gary Bollan and striker Bryan Prunty who presented him with a boot bag and a beach towel kindly supplied by the Airdrieonians Supporters Trust to show our fans are right behind him in his adventure.
 
The whole Diamonds family is proud of Lewis and we will follow his fortunes while he is out in Portugal on the website and club media.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:47

SYFA Central Region U15s & U16s squad announced

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The SYFA Central Region Under U15s and 16s squad has been announced for the 2015/16 season, courtesy of the SYFA Central Regional Development Facebook page.
 
Under 15's
 
Andrew Coyle - Rossvale Madrid
Fraser Dawson - Rossvale Madrid
Matthew McLevy - Rossvale Madrid
Luke McNiven - Rossvale Madrid 
Callum Neil - Milton Rovers 
Chris Quinn - Milton Rovers 
Jack Campbell - Milton Rovers
Greg Torrance - Milton Rovers
Dimitrios Boncota - Gartcairn
Ben McDougal - Jerviston FC 
Nathan McConnell - Jerviston FC 
Kieran Laing - Dumbarton United 
Dylan Brown - Dumbarton United
Jack McCalman - Dumbarton United
Kyle Ferry - Campsie Black (2000s)
Marcus Hampson - Coatbridge Rovers (2000s)
Robbie Malkin - Dunblane 
Aidan Reilly - Bargeddie Colts 
Robbie Dougall - Central Boys Football Academy
Zafar Khan - Holytown Colts
 
Under 16's
 
Michael McGee - Seafar Villa Blue 
Adil Ali - Seafar Villa Blue 
David Laurie - Wasps Community 
Daniel Burrows - East Stirlingshire 
Craig Horner - East Stirlingshire 
Max Cassidy - EK Burgh 
Sam Jackson - EK Burgh 
Gary Jack - Gartcairn 
Alex Miller - Burnhead Colts 
Steven Kyle - Burnhead Colts 
Ben Fitzpatrick - Burnhead Colts
Rob Black - Burnhead Colts
Aaron Pyott - Coatbridge Rovers 
Mark McCartney - Coatbridge Rovers 
Pierre Dang - Coatbridge Rovers 
Robbie Forthingham - Stenhousemuir Community 
Jordan Hutchison - East Kilbride fc 
Robbie Brydon - Jerviston
Adam Grier - Jerviston 
Aaron Armstrong - Gartcairn 
Callum Millar - Cambuslang
Connor Woodhouse - Cambuslang
What aspiring footballer wouldn’t leap at the opportunity to see Juan Mata pull the strings in the middle of the Old Trafford pitch, to see Anthony Martial surge through opposition defences, or witness the calming influence of Bastian Schweinsteiger? One club that are being given this experience is Jervistons 2003s, all thanks to Trans World Soccer.
 
Speaking exclusively to Youth Football Scotland, Jerviston’s coach, Liam Murphy, spoke of his and the players’ delight to have won the opportunity. “It is a fantastic experience for our boys to visit Old Trafford and watch a Premiership game. This is an opportunity which most of our boys would never get the chance to experience.”
 
“To be able to see some world class players and sample the atmosphere of the Theatre of Dreams is something which they will always remember.”
 
As they leave Motherwell at 9.30am, before them awaits a visit to the Manchester United Superstore, a chance to pick up some souvenirs to remember the occasion by. Following that, they will be guided to their seats, where they will witness the Red Devils take on Sunderland. Murphy revealed to us how this unique chance came about: “One of the parents of our goalkeeper, Luke Robertson entered a competition with Trans World Soccer and won this fabulous trip to Old Trafford. The boys in our team are 12 and 13 years of age and religiously watch Match of the Day every week to watch their idols in the Premiership.”
 
“Most of them have only ever dreamed of being able to go to a Premiership match to be able to go to a stadium like Old Trafford and to watch one of the best teams in the world is a dream for them and such a wonderful competition for Trans World Soccer to have organised.”
 
Moving back to Jerviston’s season, Murphy was keen to highlight his players’ enjoyment of their step up this campaign. “This is the first season that our team has played competitive 11 a side football.  The season has only just started and the boys have thoroughly enjoyed the step up from 7 a side games. They have competed well in the three league games they have played, winning one and narrowly losing two games and have gone through to the second round of the Scottish Cup.”
 
Results come second for Murphy, who insists that development is the main aim. “The aims for the season are to continue to develop all the boys in the team, improving their technique and skill level and to maintain their enthusiasm and enjoyment for football. We want to compete in every game and to see the players and the team continue to improve.”
 
“We have an excellent group of players who have a strong bond as a team and a love of football that we want to nurture and help them to enjoy their 1st season playing 11 a side football.”
 
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Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

Lanarkshire FDA league round up - September 19/20th

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Not too many matches this weekend but in the LFDA 19’s, Bellshill Athletic went top of the table on thirteen points from five matches after beating EKFC 8-2 at home, whilst Hampden BC got their second win of this season’s campaign when they travelled to East Kilbride, beating EKFC Blue 0-5.
 
All LFDA 17’s matches were cancelled at the weekend.
 
In section A of the 16’s, Mossend FC and Wishaw WW drew 2-2. This result takes Mossend into eighth place and lifts Wishaw from the bottom after gaining their first point. EKFC Gold increased their position at the head of the table when they beat Muirton FC 1-4 away from home, meaning they retain their 100% record on twelve points and Muirton remain in fourth with seven points.
 
Five matches were played in section B, where leaders East End Thistle and Kelvindale Thistle both sit on twelve points but East End have played a game less. East End Thistle beat Aston Villa 2-0 and Kelvindale Thistle put nine past the unfortunate Airdrie Villa who remain pointless for now. EKFC Red scored an equally amazing nine against Whitecraigs Viola without reply, Reds now have six points. Strathaven Dynamo and New Stevenson drew two each and both now have seven points and sit in fourth and third places respectively. Finally in the B section, Whitecraigs AFC were beaten 4-7 by EKYC.
 
In the 15’s section A, Eddiewood were beaten 1-5 by Clyde Valley and in section B, Aston Villa and Westwood Rovers drew two all. Villa now have four points and Rovers sit on seven. Claremont AFC moved to within two points of leaders Drumsagard Blue when they beat Coatshill BC 9-0 and they now have thirteen points while Coatshill sit bottom on three. Holytown Colts and Strathaven Dynamo fought out a nine goal thriller that saw Colts edge the result with a 5-4 win. Holytown are now in third place and Dynamo mid table on seven. Lastly, Milan BC were beaten 1-5 at home by Blantyre BC, the victors now on ten points.
 
We finish this week with the 14’s, starting with the single match in section A were Aston Villa won 7-3 at home to Wishaw WW. Aston Villa moved into third place whilst Wishaw remain at the foot of the table. In section B, Coatshill had a solid 4-0 win over Whitecraigs Viola. This was Coatshill’s second win and moved them into fourth and Viola remain in bottom place. EK Caledonian Blue were narrowly beaten 0-1 by visitors Newmains Hammers. The Hammers remain just two points behind joint leaders EKRR Youth and Strathaven Dynamo who both won. EKRR Youth beat local rivals EKFC Red by a convincing 9-2 score line. Youth now on twelve and Red on six points. And finally, Strathaven Dynamo won away to Mill United Colts 1-7.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00

Lanarkshire FDA Roundup - 12/13 September

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Starting with the Lanarkshire FDA 19’s, Aston Villa had a disappointing weekend after being beaten at home 0-4 by Mill United whilst East End Thistle found themselves on the end of a 0-1 defeat to Dalziel BC. The Motherwell side have now moved into fifth on nine points and still have a game in hand. EK Hotspur had a good 3-0 victory over Baillieston BC and are equal on points with Dalziel BC and EKFC Blue, who have yet to find themselves a point, suffered a 0-4 defeat to Villa Park who managed to get their first win of the season. Moorlands BC remained on top with a resounding 1-7 win away to EKFC Red and the tie between EKYM and EK Thistle YC was postponed. Holytown Colts were beaten by 2-4 by Bellshill Athletic, Colts sit mid table on six points and Athletic have moved into third on ten points. Mill United Colts were beaten 0-2 by fourth placed Blantyre BC and second placed Wolves BC scored five against Hampden BC, the match finished 5-0.

Drumsagard FA had a good 3-2 home win against Dalziel BC and moved above them and into third place on twelve points, East End Thistle remain on six points after their 1-5 defeat to DC Bishopbriggs who are on fourth with eleven points. EK Thistle YC lost their match against Wishaw BC by 1-3. Larkhall Thistle AFC moved into second place on thirteen points with a 5-3 win over Claremont AFC and Mill United continued to lead the pack with a 4-1 home win against Mossend FC, United have 16 points whilst Mossend sit on four. Strathaven Dynamo found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-6 defeat at the hands of Blantyre Yellow, the teams have three and nine points respectively. Villa Park were well beaten 0-5 by Westwood Rovers and Wishaw WW were beaten 0-4 by EK Burgh United who remain the only side with a 100% record, with three wins from three.

Dalziel BC came out on top against Mill United in a 5-3 thriller and now sit in joint second place alongside Cambuslang and Muirton with seven points. EKFC Gold retained their 100% record with a 3-0 win against Blantyre BC and Mossend FC were well beaten 1-6 by Cambuslang. In another thriller, Muirton FC edged Larkhall Thistle by 5-4 and Wishaw WW lost out by a single goal too Jerviston, 0-1.

The LDFA 16’s section B saw a couple of high scoring wins at the weekend, the first of them being the EKFC Red 3-9 EKYC result that gave EKYC their first three points, Aston Villa lost out at home to EKFC Blue, the final score being 0-6. The tie between EKRR Red and Whitecraigs AFC was postponed. New Stevenston won 9-0 at home against Whitecraigs Viola with the sides being on six and zero points respectively. Newton had a great result which saw them end ’s 100% record when they won 3-1, Thistle remain on nine points and Newton now have six. Lastly, East End Thistle sit top of the league due to goal difference over Kelvindale Thistle with a 0-3 away win to Strathaven Dynamo who have six points.

Jerviston BC moved into joint third place with Drumsagard after beating them 4-5, the teams now have six points apiece. EK Burgh United lost out to Mill United when they lost 1-3, Mill United remain top with Mossend BC on nine points and Burgh sit mid table on four. Mill Rovers had a resounding 9-1 win over Clyde Valley, Rovers win was their first of the season and sees them move away from Valley at the bottom. Joint leaders Mossend BC beat bottom side Dalziel BC 6-0 and Wishaw WW won by five goals to two when Eddiewood BC visited.

We end the review in LDFA 15’s section B, Blantyre BC moved closer to fifth placed Holytown Colts by beating them 7-3 at home, the gap between both sides has now been reduced to two points. League leaders Drumsagard Blue increased their lead by five points when they beat second placed Blantyre Yellow 4-6. Claremont AFC moved into joint second with Blantyre Yellow when the managed to beat Aston Villa 5-1 and Coatshill BC managed to get their first points after beating Newmains BC EKYC were beaten 2-3 at home by Whitecraigs AFC who now move level on six points with the home side, whilst Stonehouse BC went down 3-6 to EKRR Youth who now sit on nine points, level with Holytown Colts in fourth. Westwood Rovers got their second win of the season when Milan BC visited, the match finished 9-2 and Rovers now find themselves in ninth place.