Tayport will take a break from the Super League this weekend as Fauldhouse United visit for a third round tie in the East of Scotland Cup.
The Canniepairt outfit have already accounted for Lochee Harp and Arbroath Vics in this season’s tournament, but Fauldhouse will represent a far sterner challenge.
‘House currently top the East Premier League and look odds on to replace Tayport in the top flight.
The squad was boosted last week, at least in the short term, by a couple of arrivals.
Last season’s star player, Simon Murray returned from his nine-month sojourn in Australia and was included, as a trialist in the pool for the trip to Bonnyrigg.
He came off the bench to create Tayport’s second goal and the manager hopes to include Murray against Fauldhouse.
In addition, youngster Matthew Allan, a loan signing from Dundee FC, made his debut in the heart of defence.
The arrival of Allan meant Paul Thomson dropped to the bench, while Dale Robertson also found himself out of the starting eleven.
Barry Donachie made his return from suspension at New Dundas Park and the club’s most experienced player could well anchor the midfield again tomorrow afternoon.
Manager Dave Baikie was in optimistic mood as he reflected on the 3-2 defeat at Bonnyrigg.
He said: “I was quite encouraged by the performance, especially in the first half.
“Our only lapse was not shutting down quickly enough when Bonnyrigg equalised.
“Prior to that we had been on top against a side with good experience and quality, although the breeze had been in our favour.”
Baikie will be hoping that the defence can hold firm on Saturday as scoring goals has not been a problem for Tayport of late.
“To score five goals in two Super League games and not take any points is tough, “ said the boss.
“But we didn’t make any real individual errors on Saturday.
“Again, we’ve shown that we’re not too far away, but just came up that little bit short again.”
Kick-off at the Canniepairt is scheduled for 2.30pm.
If the game is level after ninety minutes the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.