Tynecastle striker Scott Coleman is aiming to maintain his incredible scoring form, having netted three successive hat-tricks since the start of the new East of Scotland League season.
Having made the step up to the first team from playing in Tynie’s Under-21 side last season, Coleman has already matched his entire tally from last term with trebles against Civil Service Strollers, Eyemouth United and Burntisland Shipyard in the Qualifying League Cup.
It has been a sensational start for the 22-year-old and he is hoping to continue his goal spree tonight when Eyemouth visit Saughton Enclosure in the first round of the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).
“It’s been a great start for me on a personal level, a huge improvement on last season when I was in and out of the Under 21 side,” said Coleman, who is now in his fourth season at the club.
“I only managed nine goals last term so already I’ve matched that – it’s given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”
Coleman also believes he should have another goal under his belt from the recent 5-0 win over tonight’s opponents, although the strike was credited as an own goal.
“The ball came across the face of the goal and I’m certain I got a final touch to it, although their defender was on the line.”
Coleman has hailed the impact of the new managerial team at Tynecastle and believes the presence of former Hearts and Dundee United striker Scott Crabbe, pictured, on the coaching staff has helped to enhance his game.
“I worked with our manager, Steve Vinter, for three years at Under-21 level so he knows what I’m capable of, but having guys like Scott Crabbe on the training ground has also made a real difference,” said Coelman.
“He was a great striker himself and he’s been a real help to me and a lot of the other boys. As soon as Steve wanted to sign me for this season I didn’t hesitate.
“There is a real freshness about the training ground at the moment. We were disappointed as a team to lose 5-4 to Civil Service in the first game but we were missing a few bodies that day and the response since then has been excellent.”
Coleman has not set himself any scoring targets for this campaign, but is well aware there is a long way to go before prizes can be dished out.
He said: “I’m playing well at the moment. When I was younger, I did set myself targets, but now I just want to score goals and help the team as long as they are winning. The league is going to be interesting this season with 16 teams involved and we know if we play to our strengths we’ll have a great chance.”