BOB MALCOLM LEAGUE CUP: Sunday 17 April, 2016, Dunfermline Academy of Sport, Pitreavie

Bathgate are building real momentum in their League Cup section after a 9-0 victory over West Fife at Pitreavie. The West Lothian side were rampant from the first whistle as one of their finest performances of the season clicked into place.

As ever, Bailey was amongst the goals with a hat-trick but the first-half strikes belonged to Dylan and David. Their efforts secured a 3-0 advantage for the visitors at the break, which could have been greater if the truth be told. Dylan opened the scoring on six minutes, sprinting on to Leon’s quick throw-in and getting in behind the West Fife defence on the left side. He composed himself for a calm, right-footed finish into the far corner of the net.

WF1David doubled the advantage with an almost identical goal five minutes later. He ventured across from the right flank to collect Billy’s through ball, outpaced the home defence and planted it in the same corner beyond the goalkeeper. From Billy’s intelligent cutback, Dylan’s well-timed run into the penalty area saw the midfielder stroke home the third goal.

Bathgate’s finishing in the second half was even more clinical. Substitute Elliot instantly caused problems after coming off the bench, the winger scoring within minutes of his introduction with a precise finish across the goalkeeper.

WF2Bailey got in on the act with a fine effort to make it 5-0, although he wasn’t content simply to score once. Billy charged into the penalty area and through a ruck of bodies to prod the ball into the net for the sixth. Unusually for him, it was with his right foot, which was great to see.

Bailey earned the seventh all on his own by pressing and then dispossessing a West Fife defender 35 yards from goal. He ran through to round the goalkeeper and score. Elliot rounded off his excellent second-half display with an accurate finish into the bottom corner for Bathgate’s eighth goal.

Bailey claimed the ninth, and his hat-trick, with a few minutes remaining. The afternoon was complete with a clean sheet at the final whistle, thanks to defenders James, Darren, Sean, Leon, David and Jay, plus goalkeepers Jake and John. In midfield, Kieran, Sam and Dylan were dominant, whilst up front there were goals aplenty on a fine afternoon for the boys in blue.

This win put Bathgate top of their Bob Malcom League Cup group with two victories from two matches. If their form continues, they will be confident of staying there.