Five games into the season, four wins and a draw sounds like an ideal start. That is exactly the case for Livingston Boys Club U16s, who sit at the peak of the SERYFL Division Two table, four points clear of second.
Speaking exclusively to Youth Football Scotland, coach Stephen Jamieson pointed to the hard work put in before the season began. “We had a very good pre-season" he said. "We got the team back early and the programme we had in place went very well, we also arranged a lot of pre-season games to get the match sharpness up in time for the season starting.”
We lost five players from our squad so this meant we had to bring in a number of new faces and by playing as many friendlies as we did enabled the team to gel before we went into our first league game.”
For Jamieson, there is not any standout players in the squad. He insists that it is a group of team players, not individuals. “It would be unfair and very hard to single out one or two players" he said. "Our new players have settled in very well.”
His side have averaged just over four goals a game, with only three conceded so far. However, the Livi coach insists that is not the point of focus, saying “The most pleasing aspect though for myself and the other coaches is that every single member of our squad has contributed. This is something we have always focused on.”
After finishing the previous campaign with three successive defeats it may come as a surprise to see this emphatic start, something that has pleased Jamieson. “It was important to make sure we were ready for our opening fixtures and to open up the season a lot more positively than we did last year" he said. "I think the main thing for us was getting off to a good start, so all fixtures and results have been key.”
Our aim for the rest of the season is to try and finish the season higher up the table than we did last year and ensure everyone in the squad enjoys playing football!”
Good luck to Livingston Boys Club under 16s for the rest of the 2015/16 season!