Friday night derby for downed Saints

St Andrews try to put a halt to this dangerous Tayport attack
St Andrews try to put a halt to this dangerous Tayport attack

Saints and Tayport will dabble with Friday night football at Recreation Park in an experiment driven by the clubs with the backing of the Scottish Junior FA East Region.

The experiment came about thanks to the Scottish Cup Final involving Dundee United, a club that enjoys sizeable support from both St Andrews and Tayport, taking place on Saturday.

In an attempt to avoid a seriously reduced attendance both clubs agreed to bring the game forward.

The game will be played at the same time as Carnoustie Panmure and Lochee United who face each other at United’s Thomson Park.

Saints have arranged a display by over 50 youngsters from St Andrews Colts as well as offering hospitality packages to local businesses and club sponsors in attempt to focus on the game.

Saints Chairman David Cunningham JP said: “Friday night football is something we have wanted to try for a long time and this opportunity was too good to turn down.

“All the Dundee United or St Johnstone fans that want to start off their weekend early are welcome to come on down tonight for what is always a cracking game of football between ourselves and Tayport.”

At the weekend Saints’ long battle against the drop finally ended as they were relegated despite not being in league action.

While the side was being beaten in the cup at Tayport, Carnoustie got the point they needed to keep them up

Interim boss Phil McGuire will still be without central defender Craig Wedderburn for the game but hopes to be able to strengthen the side with trialists for the game.

He said “ We were dreadfully unlucky at Tayport.

“We deserved to at least take the game to penalties but, in the end, paid the price for defensive lapses in the first half which you cant afford to do at this level, even against sides struggling like Tayport have been.

“This is another game however and we are looking to end our stay in the Super League with a bang”

The club refused to be drawn on their next manager but did tell The Citizen that they had received a large number of applications and the standard of those was high but they were some way off an announcement.

Kick Off at Recreation Park this evening is scheduled for 7.00p.m.