Hard work will see ‘Port advance in cup says boss

Tayport will be hoping to finally get a crack at Jeanfield Swifts on Saturday when the two meet in the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup.

December’s league meeting at the Riverside Stadium fell victim to the weather, as did the inter-regional cup tie on the Canniepairt which was twice postponed in January.

It has been a successful recent period for ’Port, however, with three away victories achieved.

Dave Baikie’s men have been down to ten men for each of the three wins.

Clark Kay was ordered off in the league win at Bathgate, while Kevin Milne collected a second caution in the cup tie away to Culter.

Last week, it was youngster Aaron Kane who saw red, just before half-time, in the win against Dundee Violet.

“I thought Aaron was unlucky,” said manager Baikie.

“His challenge was a little late and I thought it warranted a yellow card, rather than a red.”

Kane will now be suspended, but, otherwise, Baikie hopes to have a full squad available.

Baikie is confident that his charges can win the day if they produce the same spirit as they showed in the second half at Glenesk Park.

“The players worked really hard and we ended up dominating after the interval,” he said.

“You wouldn’t have known we had ten men and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.”

Kick-off at the Canniepairt is scheduled for 2.30p.m on Saturday afternoon.