Tranent maintained their 100% record under manager, Ian Little with a hard fought 1-0 win against Cowdenbeath on a chilly Wednesday night at Foresters Park.
In the early exchanges, however, Tranent did not look like a team with 6 wins on the bounce, with Cowdenbeath forcing several defensive mistakes and they were unlucky not to break the deadlock.
Tranent’s top scorer Cammy Ross looked to add to his impressive 13 league goals this season with two well worked chances towards the end of the half but was denied first by the post and then by the Cowdenbeath ‘keeper.
Tranent did finally find the back of the net early in the second half, which will have disappointed Calum Elliot and his Cowdenbeath side who had matched Tranent throughout the first half.
The goal came from Scott Gray, who cleverly finished Kieran Somerville’s low cross from the right hand side.
After the goal went in, neither side created much by way of chances, with most of the football being played in the centre of the pitch, much to Tranent’s relief.
Cowdenbeath possession did not amount to any clear chances on goal and Tranent were able to see out the 1-0 win.
Given East Kilbride’s comeback against Linlithgow Rose, the three points will feel especially important to Ian Little and his side – who look to keep pace with the current league leaders.
The Big T have been a free-scoring side so far this season, but what will please Little about this evening’s performance is that his side can grind out wins even when the goals aren’t flowing.
The Blue Brazil were able to contain Tranent effectively for large parts of the game and minimise clear shots on goal so will feel disappointed to be going home empty-handed.
For Tranent, three points are three points and it’s tight wins like these that can make all the difference come the end of the season.