As the season progresses, a clearer picture of the league hierarchy emerges. The weekend's matches in the West Lothian region saw continued brilliance, upsets, first victories and goals galore.
In the under-19s league, West Calder United inflicted the first league defeat of the season on Bathgate Thistle, scoring the only goal of the game. Unbeaten side Broxburn Athletic Colts laid down a marker as they brushed away Armadale CFC Colts 10-0. Further down, Uphall Diamonds managed to establish themselves in mid-table after their solid 2-0 victory against Central Football Academy. Diamonds are now level on points with Forth Community FC, who produced a great attacking display against Polbeth Utd, winning 9-3. Linlithgow Thistle, invincible so far and with games in hand, keep snapping at the heels of the leading pack after narrowly squeezing past Livingston Community FC.
Meanwhile, in the under-17s age group, Airdrie United Boys Club continued their flawless start to the campaign with a 5-3 victory against Broxburn Athletic Colts United. Livingston FCBC are slowly ascending in the league. Having played a fewer number of games than most of their opponents, they beat Broxburn Badgers 3-1 at the weekend and might yet hope to finish higher than in their current mid-table spot. Elsewhere, Polbeth United thumped Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon in a commanding display. Mid Calder Colts managed to record their first win of the season, scoring three without reply against Linlithgow Rose CFC. There were points shared when two of the teams with perfect league records, Murieston Utd Blue and Bo’ness United Boys Club, met. Like Livingston, Bo’ness will also be hoping to capitalise on their games in hand.
The under-16s saw not just league but cup matches as well this weekend. Linlithgow Rose CFC dominated Edinburgh City in the SERYFA Regional Cup, scoring nine and conceding just one. In round two of the Scottish Cup, Shotts Victoria swatted away Haddington Athletic 7-0 to progress to the next round.
In the league, Blackburn Utd’s impressive start went on with a clear 6-0 win against Whitburn FCA Millennium. Their closest pursuers, Victoria FC, are breathing down their necks after their 4-2 victory at Whitburn Amber. In the interim, Broxburn Athletic Colts Utd have been dealt a blow to their hopes of challenging for top spot. Although they still have games in hand, they would have needed to win every game to reign in Blackburn and were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Murieston Utd Red at the weekend. Kirkfield Wallace got their first win of the season against Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon, just about edging it 4-3. They will be hoping that this performance will push them on and stand them in good stead for the rest of the campaign. In Broxburn, Broxburn Athletic Colts turned on the style to emerge as the clear winners against Polbeth Utd, playing brilliantly and scoring a remarkable ten goals in the process.
On under-15s level, there was a Scottish Cup tie on display. Kirkfield Utd proved victorious against Salvesen CFC in their 5-0 success that saw them advance into the next stage.
In League A, Broxburn Athletic Colts carried on where they left off as they thumped Larkhall Thistle 5-1 and remain comfortably in first place. One of the teams most likely to run them close is Petersburn Thistle, who looked menacing in their 7-1 win at Forth Athletic. Broxburn Athletic Utd might also be in the mix after they edged out West Fife FC 4-3, bearing in mind that they still have a game in hand.
In under-15s League B, both Murieston Utd teams got good wins under their belts. With the Reds winning 6-2 at close rivals Linlithgow Rose Cfc and the Blues beating Harvey Juveniles 4-1, the Murieston sides are currently sitting joint top of the league. Unbeaten side Armadale Falcons triumphed 2-1 over East Calder Colts and might be looking to push ahead of their adversaries given they have played two fewer games than both of the leaders. Meanwhile, Polbeth Dynamos and Grangemouth BC were engaged in a fantastic mid-table clash that ended 4-2 to the Dynamos. This week’s most impressive team were no doubt Broxburn Badgers, who hammered Craigshill 9-0. And finally, Fauldhouse Foxes will be proud of their first win, a clear 6-0 thrashing of Shotts YMCA.
Further down in the under-14s leagues, Broxburn Colts White kept up their good form at the top of the A League, putting an astounding ten goals past Murieston United Red. Murieston United Blue, their closest rivals up to this point, have played two more games and are level on points with them thanks to their 3-2 victory over Gairdoch United FC Black. In the meantime, Bathgate Thistle CFC will be buoyed by their 6-2 success at home against Armadale Thistle; a result that keeps them near the leading duo. Pumpherston United managed to get out of the bottom three by scraping 1-0 past Broxburn Colts Red.
In the B League, previously untouchable side Kirkfield United FC fell to their first defeat of the season as they lost 2-0 against Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon, their closest pursuers. Blackburn United sent a signal to all the other sides when they impressed in their 9-1 win against Armadale CFC Galaxy. And unbeaten Armadale Falcons rose to their challenge when they saw off Livingston CFC in an equally commanding 8-0. Linlithgow Rose CFC registered their first win of the season at Livingston CFC Maroon, scoring three goals and conceding one.
Elsewhere, in the under-13s section, A League leaders Bathgate Dynamo were not in league action this weekend as they hammered Blackburn United 9-0 in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Craigshill Thistle continue to pile on the pressure on them after their 5-0 win against Bathgate Thistle CFC. Similarly, Broxburn Athletic Colts Utd ensured that their rivals at the top of the table cannot rest with an emphatic 7-0 success against Murieston Utd Red. Broxburn Athletic Diamonds and Murieston Utd Blue established themselves in mid-table with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Boness Utd CFC and a 6-0 thumping of Linlithgow Rose CFC, respectively.
In the B League, unbeaten side Kirkfield Utd White narrowly defeated league leaders Armadale CFC Red 3-2 and took the top spot off them. Broxburn Athletic Colts are breathing down both of their necks as they beat Craigshill Thistle Red 3-1. Further down, Linlithgow Rose Maroon and Polbeth United will be delighted to have secured their first victories of the season after beating Mid Calder 4-3 and East Calder 5-2 in high-scoring affairs.