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Livi FCBC to build on successful first SERYFA season

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Livingston FCBC under-16s are looking forward to their second season in the South East Region YFL and are hoping to build on their mid-table finish last season.

"Last season was the team`s first playing in Edinburgh. We were welcomed into the league by all and found the standard and set up to be first class," manager Stephen Jamieson told Youth Football Scotland.

"We finished mid table in a highly competitive league and the season high was making it to the League Cup final, where we were defeated by the league winners."

When it is put like that, you would, without doubt, be adamant that Livi enjoyed a season which they can forever be proud of. Jamieson told us that there was “no real negatives” from the season. 

In terms of next year’s targets, the part secretary-part manage rplaced his players as his first priority.

"Our aims this season are firstly to ensure the team enjoys their football, week in and week out," he said.

"We will also be targeting a higher finish, if we can, in the league table. It would also be good if we could have a run once again in a cup competition."

A number of teams impressed Livingston FCBC last season, and it would take a bold man to predict the outcome of the league this season.

"We had some very good games last season and every game was competitive so it’s hard to pick out a rival as all the games were so close," Jamieson said.

"The results throughout the season showed that on their day, everyone could beat each other."

It is an action-packed pre-season schedule for Livi, with the Broxburn Tournament on the horizon.

"We had a six week break and started back on 7th July and have had five sessions so far, the emphasis being getting the boys playing football again, we have done plenty of ball-work mixed with fitness exercises," Jamieson said.

"We are travelling to Irvine to play Dreghorn FC and also have two or three friendlies lined up, as well as competing in the Broxburn tournament in early August."

Jamieson will need to rebuild his squad in time for next season, after losing five of his players already.

"This meant we had to strengthen and so far we have brought in two players, a goalkeeper and an attacking player, with a view to bringing one or possibly two more," he said.

Best of luck to Livingston Boys Club under 16s for the season ahead!

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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