Plenderleith benefits from time with BU

Grant Plenderleith was on target at the weekend
Grant Plenderleith was on target at the weekend

Grant Plenderleith came off the bench against Forfar last week to create the goal that should have seen the Warriors win.

And it’s hardly the youngster’s fault that his more experienced team-mates conspired to ensure that this was not so.

Plenderleith spent last season at Bo’ness Juniors and reckons the loan deal will stand him in good stead. “I enjoyed it at Newtown and I think it did me the world of good,” he told Heraldsport, “It was great to get game time and they had a lot of experienced players at the club who were very helpful.

Plenderleith had a chance to see some of his old team-mates on Tuesday when Stenhousemuir took on Bo’ness in a bounce game, winning 1-0.

The 20 year old local lad from Polmont is a flying machine – not surprising given his dad Gary is a speed coach – but he hopes the Bo’ness experience has added more to his game and is looking to push on now he has returned to the Warriors.

The former Graeme High pupil continued: “This is my fifth year at the club and now I have got back into the squad, hopefully I can push on from here.

“I got fifteen minutes or so at Ross County last week and thought I did enough to justify getting into the squad today and a longer run-out, although we are all disappointed not to have won.

“I like running either channel and don’t really care which side. Switching back and forward confuses markers and gives them something to think about.

“Hopefully I can get a wee run in the team now and see how it goes.”

Plenderleith started playing with boys older than him at St Margaret’s Boys’ Club in Polmont before moving to the ‘Shire Boys’ Club.

“Joined Syngenta under 14s after that,” he continued, “We won the under 15 Scottish Cup when I was there and it was after that I joined Stenhousemuir under 17s.”

Meanwhile, Warriors boss Davie Irons is hoping to boost his side’s fire-power by bringing in Motherwell striker Gary Smith on loan.

The 20-year-old hit man has yet to start a game for the SPL side and manager Stuart McCall is keen for him to gain first team experience.