North-east Fife neighbours St Andrews United and Tayport will clash for the second time in a week this evening when they meet at Recreation Park in a Super League fixture.
Tayport won Saturday’s East of Scotland Cup tie by the odd goal in three, and must win again tonight to have any chance of retaining their top flight status.
St Andrews have already been relegated and as they trooped off the Canniepairt last weekend news came through that Carnoustie had gained a point against Hill o’Beath, taking them beyond the maximum total that the Saints can reach.
For ‘Port, all they can do is try to win their remaining two fixtures and hope that Carnoustie collect no more than one point from their last three games.
The Gowfers are playing at Lochee United tonight, so Tayport’s fate may well be sealed this evening.
Canniepairt chief, Dave Baikie knows the odds are stacked against his team, but is proud of the way his players have continued to fight.
“We’re still battling away in both the cup and the league,” he said.
“In the last eight games we’ve won five and drawn one which represents good form.
“The players deserve praise for that. They’re prepared to work hard and they always give their best.”
The gaffer was pleased with the cup win against Saints with the first half display a source of satisfaction.
“It was another game of two halves for us, with the first half being really positive,” he added.
“We deserved our two-goal lead.
“In the second half, there was some naiveté and we gave away a goal, but the players didn’t fold and we did enough to win through.”
The ’Port support will be hoping to see another positive performance tonight and, if Tayport are to record another win, Grant Lawson will surely be a key man.
“Striker Matty Adam has been out injured and that’s meant Grant having to play through the middle, rather than out wide,” said Baikie.
“He’s really stepped up to the plate and has scored five goals in the three matches since Matty’s been out.”
Indeed, the club captain is now top scorer, with eighteen goals, to Matty Adam’s sixteen.
Kick-off at Recreation Park is scheduled for 7.00pm.