Tayport are in a race against time

Tayport v Sauchie: Matt Allan goes close from a corner.
Tayport v Sauchie: Matt Allan goes close from a corner.

Time is running out for Tayport’s survival hopes meaning they must take something from tomorrow’s trip to face Camelon.

Camelon currently occupy a mid-table position but have played only 15 league fixtures to Tayport’s 26.

Part of the reason the Mariners have fallen so far behind in their league programme was their run to the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup.

They will, therefore, be favourites to account for Tayport tomorrow.

When the sides met earlier in the season Stefan Elvin opened the scoring for Tayport in what was his final appearance for the club

His goal was wiped out, though, as Camelon overturned the deficit to run out 2-1 winners.

Camelon didn’t play last Saturday as their match at Carnoustie was postponed due to a water-logged Laing Park pitch.

Tayport, meanwhile, lost out disappointingly to Sauchie.

“It was another case of having taken a step forward, then immediately taking a step back,” said manager Dave Baikie, as he reflected on the defeat.

“After the Ballingry game, there had been a good feeling at training and in the build-up to the match, but it seemed like a case of stage fright when the game got underway, as we stood off them.

“We gave possession away too cheaply and couldn’t string passes together.”

Defensive frailties again cost Tayport.

“Collin Samuel was given too much room for the opening goal,” said Baikie.

“There wasn’t any conviction in our tackling ahead of the second goal.

“The players started to rally late on, but the damage had been done.

“The result obviously makes it so much harder for us to stay in the division, but we’ll go to Camelon and try to get a win.”

In terms of team news, Tayport will again be without the suspended Ryan Suttie.

Barry Donachie and Kenny McCulley have both been out injured of late and were unused substitutes last week and may not be 100 per cent fit.

Striker Matty Adam is doubtful.

Kick-off at Carmuirs Park is scheduled for 2.30pm.

Supporters requiring further information should call the Tayport F.C. newsline, on 01382 552755.