Youngsters Win Coach Praise

Coach John Sludden has praised the performances of teenage midfielder Simon White since winning a place in the starting line-up.

17 year-old Simon was part of the development squad last season but has broken into the senior team this term and has won a place in the last two starting elevens against Stirling University and Spartans.

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“Despite his age he didn’t look out of place at all and it was another very good performance,” said the coach of Simon’s display against Spartans last weekend. “Adam (Murray) also did very well and we have basically two young kids who have gone to a very hard place to play and haven’t looked out of place at all.

“That can only be of overall benefit to the club,” said John. “You have to remember we have some young players and things will take time but it is good that we can bring kids in and know that they can do a job for us.”

The coach says much the same thing applies to another teenager, Lewis Peddie, who has started to get some Lowland League game time from the bench.

“They’re young kids. They’re still learning and they’ll make mistakes but it’s great that we can go and use them and the three of them haven’t let us down.”

Adam is the more experienced having made his Shire debut in last season’s League 2 but all three were mainstays of last season’s under-20s. Simon was the last to get a shot at league football.

His first start was against Stirling University and he made a valuable contribution with a pass which helped David Grant win the penalty that put Shire 2-1 up in the game.

It’s expected Adam, Lewis and Simon will all again be part of the sqiad to face Gretna 2008 in Shire’s latest Lowland League match at Ochilview on Saturday.