‘Port taste scent of victory over Rose

Tayport hope to keep up the momentum from last weekend's cup tie triumph over Fauldhouse.
Tayport hope to keep up the momentum from last weekend's cup tie triumph over Fauldhouse.
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Tayport return to Super League duty tomorrow, when title-chasing Linlithgow Rose visit the Canniepairt under new management.

Former player Danny Smith, who had been in charge of Camelon, was last week appointed to the Prestonfield hot seat.

Smith’s ex-team-mate Mark Bradley tendered his resignation in the immediate aftermath of Linlithgow’s last visit to northeast Fife – a 6-0 mauling by St Andrews United in the East of Scotland Cup.

Tayport go into Saturday’s match in positive mood, following last week’s impressive victory against Fauldhouse in that same competition.

Manager Dave Baikie was delighted by the win and hopes it will act as a boost in the bid to beat the drop from the top flight.

“Outwith the Super League, Fauldhouse are the best team in the East Region and they’ve been scoring lots of goals,” he said.

“The win should give us lots of confidence. There were lots of positives in our performance and we’ll now look forward to the challenge of facing Linlithgow, one of my former clubs.”

Baikie will be hoping to have a bigger pool from which to select for tomorrow’s game. Barry Donachie missed out against Fauldhouse through injury, but could return, while Ross Grant is edging back to fitness.

On the flip side, Kenny McCulley was forced off after a heavy tackle early in last Saturday’s game and is unlikely to feature.

There is a new face in the squad, with Scott Mollison having been signed on loan from Dundee FC. The left-back came on as a late substitute last week, while his Dens Park team-mate, Matthew Allan, made his home debut at the heart of the Tayport defence.

“I thought Matty Allan and John Tonner looked solid against Fauldhouse, while Paul Thomson did well at right-back after Kenny McCulley had to come off early on,” said Baikie.

“That meant Sam Morris was hardly troubled against a side which has been scoring a lot of goals.”

The back four will need to maintain that level of concentration tomorrow, as Linlithgow boast a significant goal threat. Since losing to St Andrews, they have won four on the bounce.

Kick-off is 2.30 p.m. – latest info is on the Tayport FC newsline, on 01382 552755.