Naisy pleased by 'ruthless' B Team

12 May 2022

The Wee Jambos raced into a 4-goal lead at the interval before adding another five goals in the second half.
There were two hat-tricks in the ranks for the men in maroon with Callum Sandilands and Bobby McLuckie fighting over the match ball. Also on target were Callum Hambrook, Ryan Duncan, and Harry Gordon.
“It was a really good performance,” said Naismith. “In terms of the opposition, they worked hard and tried to make it compact, but for us the pleasing aspect is how quickly we moved the ball.
“The players trusted their positions when they were in possession and that is how we created good chances. We played good passes that got us a good reward and the players didn’t play backwards, they tried to play forward and attack.
“We did that well in the first half to go in 4-0 and then we made a few subs in the second half and these guys are all keen and eager to make the most of it which they did.”
The boss was keen to praise the decision making of his youngsters, who kept the ball well and waited for the right openings before taking shots on goal.
“That is one thing we have tried to work on since the start of the season,” Naismith explained. “You have that eagerness, and everybody wants to impress and score, but if you make that one extra pass you probably get a better chance.
“Today, that was us down to a tee. We made the right choices. Bobby McLuckie could have shot three or four times, but he plays the pass, and we get the goal. That is the traits of a very confident player and someone who knows they can create chances and score them.
“All round it has been a really good day, and everybody feels good, but we need to take that on to every game and not every game is going to be like this one.”
It would have been easy for the Wee Jambos to take their foot off the gas after the break, but they added another five goals in the second half and that hunger was something the manager was impressed with.
“We go in at 4-0 at half time and I have played in so many games where you maybe only score one in the second half, so that was the task that we set, to go and score more.  
“The task for the defenders was to keep a clean sheet. They did that the hard way with Stonesy saving the penalty but going forward we were ruthless.
“We had guys who didn’t just sit behind the ball when we played forward. They wanted to get involved in these attacks and that means we’ve got five or six players in the box when we get chances and that is why we score goals.”
It’s fair to say results like this raise eyebrows and following a week where Lewis Neilson, Finlay Pollock, Connor Smith and Euan Henderson featured for the first team in Europe, Naismith is confident that with more showings like this, some of his young players can force their way into the first team in the not-so-distant future.
“Over the last few years there has not really been this area for players to go and show their ability. It doesn’t matter what age you are. If you’re capable and doing well in training and in these games then you will get the chance to train with the first team and then it’s up to you to show you can be in that environment. If you can, you will stay there and get an opportunity.
“I believe that there are a few within this group that can make that step up.”