Hopes that history can repeat itself

Tayport push for a late winner against Linlithgow. Picture by Ron Nicoll.
Tayport push for a late winner against Linlithgow. Picture by Ron Nicoll.

Having held champions Linlithgow last weekend, Tayport now faceleaders Bo’ness United in a top versus bottom Super League clash.

The opponents will still be smarting from their Scottish Junior Cup exit at the quarter-final stage and last Saturday’s reversal at Lochee United.

For Dave Baikie’s men relegation is looking more likely with each passing week, but the players will continue their battle for points tomorrow knowing they have already put Bo’ness to the sword this season.

The draw against Linlithgow will have been a confidence-booster for the players and Tayport manager Dave Baikie was pleased with his charges.

He said: “We certainly deserved to take something from the match and the momentum was definitely with us in the closing stages.

“It was a game of two halves, with Linlithgow having the pressure and possession in the first.

“Although their goal was preventable, I was delighted that we were only one down at the break.

“At half-time we spoke to the players about the importance of keeping our shape and being in a position to challenge for the loose ball when attacks broke down.

“In the second half we were much better at doing that and produced one of our best halves of football this season.”

’Port only have one league win to their name after 23 fixtures and it came against the BUs back in November when goals from Matty Adam and Steven McPhee were enough to earn a 2-1 win on the Canniepairt.

Both of these players will have a part to play in the away fixture, as will Tayport’s third dangerous attacker, captain Grant Lawson.

The three have performed well during the campaign and have scored 37 goals between them so far.

Their form meant limited opportunities for fellow forwards Jake Mair and Nik Mann who made deadline-day moves to Dundee Violet and Downfield, respectively, at the end of last week.

Consequently the ’Port squad is a little thinner, but Kenny McCulley, Ross Grant and Barry Donachie are edging back to fitness and could be involved against Bo’ness having missed the Linlithgow fixture.

Kick-off at Newtown Park at the weekend is scheduled for 2.30pm.