Jack happy with U20s switch

13th October 2014

Hearts U20s entertain St Mirren on Wednesday after switching tie to Newtongrange.

Jack Ross says he was only to happy to switch Wednesday’s U20s match against St Mirren to a home fixture, as he just wants his side to keep playing football.

The Wee Jambos were originally scheduled to play Wednesday’s match in Paisley, but agreed to take the game to Newtongrange after a request from the Buddies to give their pitch time to improve.

Speaking exclusively to Hearts News, U20s player Development Manger Jack said: “We’re looking forward to it. We reversed the fixture because St Mirren have had some problems with their pitch and they want to let it breathe.

“So we’ve taken it to Newtongrange and we’re happy to do so. It allows us that continuity of matches.

“It’s been inconsistent in terms of performances and results. We were victorious in our last match but performance-wise, we weren’t entirely satisfied with what we produced on the night.

“It’s a work in progress. There’s a balance between younger players getting the opportiunity to progress but also accommodating the senior players who have to get prepared for a first-team match.

“It’s serving a purpose in that regard, if you look at results at first-team level, so long may it continue.”

Kick-off on Wednesday is 7pm and entry to New Victoria Park is £3/£1.

Meanwhile the U20s beat Haddington Athletic 3-0 in a friendly match to celebrate 75 years of the Juniors club on Sunday. Robbie Buchanan fired the young maroons in front in the 73rd minute before a trialist’s brace gave Hearts a comfortable victory.