Saints scrambling for safety points

Musselburgh v St Andrews
Musselburgh v St Andrews
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The next 10 days could prove to be the most important in St Andrews United’s recent history following this week’s fixtures announcement.

Saturday sees the arrival of Linlithgow Rose to Recreation Park for a league game and they will be champing at the bit to pay Saints back for the 6-0 demolition in the East Of Scotland Cup.

After that United travel to Carnoustie before Saturday follows a trip to Ballingry.

If United are to remain in the Super League then they need six points from the two away games.

Even then, though, it may not be enough.

At the weekend Saints returned from Musselburgh with a point following a 1-1 draw.

A Saints spokesman said: “It’s down to the business end now, we always knew that it would be the games against Carnoustie, Ballingry and Tayport that would decide our fate, but we need to get the Linlithgow game out of the way first and we wont be lying down in that one.

“Saturday was very disappointing from our point of view, to a degree we were forced in to taking the game to Musselburgh with the players that were available and we were well on top at half time and should have been further ahead.

“Musselburgh changed it at half time and started to push us back, we kept dropping further and further back and allowed them to play their football which we hadn’t done in the first half.

“Even then the equaliser was a touch fortunate as it’s gone through the box with a Saints boot getting to it but they probably deserved their goal.”

Kick off on Saturday is 2.30pm and then on Wednesday night at Carnoustie kick off is 7.00p.m.

St Andrews have this week announced that Friday night football will come to Recreation Park on Friday, May 16.

Club secretary Mark Johnson said: “We have been asking for a Friday night game for a while and when Dundee United won their Scottish Cup semi final it threw up the problem of potential travel problems if we needed to hire a bus, so the fixtures secretary floated the idea of us playing on the Friday night and with the games left, Tayport jumped out as an ideal candidate.

“We will be doing our best to get as many in to The Rec for what could be a massive game for our immediate future.”