East League champions Scotland entered the game as self-proclaimed outsiders against West League grand champions Scotland Ayrshire, but goals in each mi -Times of Wayne McIntosh and Jamie Docherty mean they will now be competing in the fifth tier of Scottish football. in 2022/23.
The season is not yet over with a League Cup semi-final at Whitehill Welfare on Tuesday to look forward to, but whatever happens in this competition Elliot can now look forward to the challenge of following in the footsteps of Bonnyrigg Rose and stepping up again, possibly at the SPFL.
For now, however, Elliot can reflect on a job very well done. The 35-year-old, who grew up in the South West of the city and spent eight years cut short by injuries at Hearts, took over at Tranent in September 2020 after two years in charge of Tynecastle. Before that, he had a stint as a player and manager at Mousehole in Cornwall, but started his coaching career when he was still in his twenties after being forced to retire as a player due knee injuries.
After hanging up his boots at Raith Rovers in 2015, Elliot became manager of Edinburgh United when the club was still a junior and he hasn’t looked back since.
Tranent have recovered well financially this season, but Elliot brought in the right players at the right time to give his side the edge in an exciting and demanding three-way race for the East of Scotland Premier Division title involving Penicuik Athletic and Linlithgow Rose went well until the last day of the season.
Elliot himself had said that Darvel were heavy favorites in the promotion play-offs in Ayrshire, but just as they did in the big games against Penicuik and Linlithgow in the league, Tranent found a way to win when it did. really mattered.
Veteran striker McIntosh put the visitors ahead on 39 minutes at Recreation Park and Docherty showed composure to dodge and pass the keeper seven minutes to claim a famous victory for the Big T.