Fierce rivals ready to clash in derby

St Andrews and Glenrothes meet last season in the East of Scotland Cup.
St Andrews and Glenrothes meet last season in the East of Scotland Cup.

This season was always going to be littered with derby games for St Andrews but few come close to the rivalry with Glenrothes.

And that is just the team that Saints welcome to The Parkk on Saturday afternoon.

During United’s three seasons in the Super League, Glens have somewhat struggled, however, over the last twelve months they have seen an upturn in fortunes which lead to them being in with a chance of promotion on the last day of last season.

United’s unbeaten run will come under a stern challenge from the Warout side, who themselves have had a good start with wins over Oakley United and Jeanfield.

Last week, however, their start came to a halt at home to Tayport, where a certain Gary Sutherland scored the only goal of the game.

Manager Phil McGuire has a few injury concerns ahead of the game.

Greg Whyte is almost certainly out with a knee injury while Darren Kelly is struggling with a thigh strain.

On a positive note, Saints were able to add goalkeeper Gavin Sorley to the squad after his transfer was agreed with Kinnoull.

Sorley had senior experience with East Stirlingshire and Berwick Rangers before joining the Perth side and is highly rated within the junior game.

Kick off on Saturday at The Parkk is at 2.30 pm.

Admission is £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and free for Under 16s.

Neighbours Tayport will continue their season when they host Dalkeith Thistle after edging out Glenrothes.

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.”