Tranent winger Jamie Docherty reveals what Linlithgow defender said to him before crucial penalty
Jamie Docherty says he and his Tranent team-mates are determined to put on a performance at Linlithgow Rose tomorrow as the East of Scotland Premier leaders aim to take a step closer to the title.
The 22-year-old winger netted a crucial penalty-kick in added on time to secure a point at home to Rose last Wednesday as Tranent put on a late show, with Kris Renton having pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining.
That late collapse and the celebrations which followed hurt Linlithgow – who are out of the title race after a 4-2 defeat at home to Blackburn United on Wednesday – and Docherty is expecting their hosts to be out for revenge.
“It was a big point which could ultimately win us the league,” said the former St Johnstone youngster ahead of their penultimate league match
“We are just taking it a game at the time and we will see what happens on Saturday. We saw their manager’s comments after the game, so we know what’s coming. We are fired up as well, we know how big a game it is.
“We definitely didn’t play to our best, although looking at the highlights I thought we did have the better chances. We will be going there to win. We have the squad and the players for it.”
Tranent top goalscorer Docherty, on 20 for the season, kept his cool to net his first penalty for the Foresters Park men with regular spot-kick takers Craig Stevenson and Ben Miller watching on.
He continued: “Their centre back came up to me and said ‘this is for the league’, but I just ignored him and put the ball down. It felt like about ten minutes before I actually took the penalty, but I always knew where I was going to put it and I was just glad to see the goalie go the other way.
“I had only taken one penalty for Tranent before last week and I had missed it. The two boys that usually take them weren’t on the pitch, so as soon as we got the penalty I went over and took the ball; I’ve been in good form the last five or six weeks, so I felt confident.”
Tranent hold a two-point lead over second-placed Penicuik Athletic, who visit relegated Camelon, with Penicuik hosting Linlithgow next Saturday in their final game of the season.
At the other end of the table, Lothian Thistle Hutchison, currently fourth from bottom and in the relegation zone, visit Hill of Beath.