West Lothian IBC gents have made a strong return to the top-flight premier division of the national league system with four wins out of six enabling them to enter the New Year in second place just two points adrift of defending national champions East Lothian.Read More
Two of the four remaining B section fixtures in 2018 are at home with foot of the table Elgin and table toppers East Lothian the visitors to the Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston while the away challenges at are Ardrossan and Paisley.
There is no end of 2017 cheer for the gents of Balbardie however with the dismal record of six defeats leaving the Bathgate based club anchored at the foot of the Division 1 South table.
Having dropped from the premier league into Division 1 the challenge facing Balbardie in the New Year is to avoid making a straight line plunge into Division 2.
However, Inverclyde are just two points better off with four games to play so leapfrogging them isn’t a forlorn hope with Abbeyview, Ayr, and Inverclyde all due to visit The Park of Peace Stadium while an away fixture takes Balbardie to East Kilbride.
A brighter end of year picture in the Ladies Leagues sees the two local clubs locked as joint leaders of Division 1 East each having won four of their six matches.
Their two game run in come January pitches West Lothian away to Headwell and Tweedbank while Balbardie are also away from home with travels to Headwell and Teviotdale.
Whilst the Seniors brigade of West Lothian and Balbardie have had their moments in B Division East they are not enough to have kept them in touch with leaders East Lothian or second placed Midlothan.
Balbardie have completed their programme with 4 wins out of 12 while its 6 out of 11 for WL who finish in January with a home game against Midlothian.