TRANENT Amateurs have targeted a league and cup double after lifting a trophy at the third time of asking.

The Belters defeated Carluke Hearts 2-1 in a nervy affair at Edinburgh’s Ainslie Park on Saturday to lift the Miller Cup.

The triumph – after goals from Cameron Reynolds and John Ferguson –was the club’s first trophy following two heart-breaking defeats.

Brydon Fairgrieve, manager of Tranent Amateurs, said: “We have been in finals three times and the last two have not gone our way.

“One of those was at Spartans and the other was at The Oriam. Once the final whistle went on Saturday, it was just relief to get the cup.

“That is our first trophy since we restarted about five years ago.”

Reynolds had opened the scoring with a free-kick following a nervy opening 20 minutes.

Just before the hour mark, the East Lothian side doubled their advantage with a fine team move down the right.

The ball was then swung in and John Ferguson got up to head the ball home.

However, Carluke would pull one back to ensure a tense finale to the game. Fairgrieve said: “It turned into a battle for the last 20 minutes of the game.

“It was tit-for-tat and they had a chance and then we had a chance.”

With the cup secured, Tranent can turn their attention to the Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Football Association (LEAFA) Premier Division.

Tranent sit fourth, 11 points behind Tollcross Thistle, who lead the way.

However, Fairgrieve’s men have a whopping five games in hand and would go top if they can put together a run of victories.

The manager said: “We’ve got eight games left in the league and we have got five games in hand on one of the teams.

“We can go top if we win all the games. We are aiming for the league now.

“It is a hard run in against the so-called big teams – Salvesen, Sandys and Tollcross.

“We have played them all during the season and taken points off each of them.Hopefully, we can continue that.

“The league we are in, anybody can take points off of anybody. It is a hard league but hopefully we can go on and win it. The cup has given us a lift.”