Buoyant Tayport full of confidence

Tayport managed to wrestle all three points from Glenrothes.
Tayport managed to wrestle all three points from Glenrothes.

Tayport will host to Dalkeith Thistle tomorrow in buoyant mood following last weekend’s win over Glenrothes at the Warout.

The win over Grant Brough’s men helped launch ‘Port up to fifth in the league.

“The win keeps us within touching distance of the top,” said Baikie, as he reflected on the win against the Glens.

“I didn’t feel that we played well in beating Edinburgh United the previous week, but we were much better against Glenrothes and that was a more difficult encounter.

“Over the piece, I felt that we deserved to win.”

The squad was somewhat depleted last weekend, but the manager hopes to have more players to choose from tomorrow.

“Ryan Suttie and Kris Rollo were both unavailable, while Matt Adam is injured,” said the boss.

“When they come back, there will be real competition for jerseys, which bodes well for the future.”

At the Warout, there was a competitive debut for local lad Neil Docherty, and he produced an impressive display at right-back and could make the position his own, especially as Kenny McCulley’s involvement has been curtailed by work commitments.

Dalkeith Thistle lost their opening two fixtures of the campaign against Arniston Rangers and Jeanfield Swifts, but, like Tayport, Thistle have won their last two matches.

Both Forfar West End and Oakley United were beaten 2-1, so Dalkeith will come to town with some confidence.

When the clubs clashed in the 2012/13 season, Tayport very much had the upper hand.

’Port were promoted to the top flight at the end of a season in which they thrashed Dalkeith 8-1 on the Canniepairt and won 5-1 in the away fixture.

The results were remarkable in that Dalkeith were heavily involved in the promotion chase that year.

It is unlikely that the goals will flow to the same extent tomorrow.

Both squads have changed since then, with Tayport only retaining five players who took part in these previous two fixtures.

An intriguing match should still be on offer though, with ’Port keen to notch another win to perhaps close the gap on rivals St. Andrews United, who currently top the table.

Kick-off at the Canniepairt is scheduled for 2.30pm.