Saints look to add with loan signings

Pittenweem v St Andrews
Pittenweem v St Andrews

This weekend St Andrews United play their final game of the year when they visit Glenesk Park in Dundee to face Dundee Violet in the East Region Premier League.

When the Dundee side visited The Parkk back in August, Saints came from behind to win 2-1 courtesy of goals from Robbie Holden and the winner from Barry Sibanda.

Both men will be looking to get on the scoresheet this weekend after they both netted in Tuesday night’s friendly against Pittenweem.

Saints manager Phil McGuire hopes to be able to bring in a couple of loan signings ahead of the game which will help to freshen up his squad as they pass the mid-point in the season hot on the heels of leaders Edinburgh United.

Former Dunfermline and Aberdeen defender McGuire has extensive contacts in the game and he has been working through them in a bid to bring some fresh faces to the Park.

Pittenweem currently sit top of their amateur division but proved to be no match for McGuire’s promotion chasers.

Saints won the game comfortably 6-0.

The Saints manager was happy with Tuesday night’s run out but is well aware that Saturday’s game at Violet will be a different kettle of fish entirely.

He said: “Violet have been playing well, especially at home, and are unbeaten on their own patch.

“In their last three home games they have beaten Jeanfield, Forfar and Glenrothes and we know that they will be in our faces from the start.

“We need to learn from what happened at Edinburgh in similar circumstances and earn the right to play our own game and dominate our hosts.”

Supporters are advised that should Saturday’s game be postponed, then United will be trying to arrange a friendly at St Andrews University rather than remain idle and they should keep an eye on the website, Facebook and Twitter for information on Saturday morning.

If the game goes ahead in Dundee then kick off is at 1.30pm.

Saints were not the only side left kicking their heels at the weekend as a cold and wet snap hit the Kingdom.

Just one junior game was played in the Kingdom but all will be hoping to come out of cold storage ahead of this weekend’s game.