A blend of youth and experience has been the making of success for Tranent Juniors so far this season according to manager Gary Small.
The East Lothian outfit have posted four victories out of four in the South Division, scoring 17 goals whilst conceding just three and seek their fifth win when they take on Whitburn at Stoneyburn’s Beechwood Park tomorrow.
Small has been impressed with the contribution of youngsters Lewis Hawkins, Ben Miller, Darren McGrath and Hamish Hunter who have played their part in a side containing an abundance of players who’ve tasted South Division title success with Haddington and Edinburgh United.
“The young boys have certainly played a big part in our season so far, either starting games or coming off the bench and it’s great to see them learning off the more experienced players,” said Small. “We’ve had a couple of my 21s team on the bench in the league and it’s good to give them that match-day experience with the first team. Their team-mates have got to see that as a carrot – that there is an opportunity there for them if they are doing well.
“You’ve got to utilise them in that way because they are the future of the club. If they are good enough they will play.”