Tayport are put into cold storage

Tayport will be looking for that winning feeling again at the weekend.
Tayport will be looking for that winning feeling again at the weekend.

Tayport were left disappointed by the postponement of last Saturday’s East Premier League fixture against Jeanfield Swifts.

Following a morning inspection, the pitch at the Riverside Stadium in Perth was declared unplayable by the match referee and ’Port had to make do with a training session instead.

Dave Baikie’s troops will be hoping to get back into action tomorrow afternoon when they are scheduled to travel to meet Bathgate Thistle at Creamery Park where league points will be up for grabs.

Since moving to the top of the table with a 3-2 win over Forfar West End three weeks ago, Tayport have had their title bid curtailed by cup commitments and then last week’s postponement.

During their break, ’Port have been overtaken by two clubs.

Edinburgh United were the first movers, going three points clear when they beat St Andrews United.

Tayport’s local rivals, however, have now also leapfrogged their near-neighbours by virtue of last weekend’s home victory against bottom club, Kinnoull.

Having won five their last five East Premier League games, Tayport are the team with momentum behind them and they will want to continue that run by seeing off twelfth place Bathgate.

The pair has had many tussles over the past decade, especially in the days when the teams were to the fore in the top flight of the East Region set-up. Indeed, on the opening day of the inaugural Super League campaign, back in August, 2002, Tayport beat Bathgate 2-0 at Creamery Park, as they began their march to the title, taking 54 points from a possible 66.

Bathgate eventually had their success, when they annexed the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in their history, in 2008.

While ’Gate have been toiling of late, they did beat Oakley United 5-2 in their last home league fixture.

For Tayport, Matt Adam remains on the injury-list, but, otherwise, Dave Baikie will hope to have a full squad from which to choose, with youngster Aaron Kane now available for selection.

Kick-off at Creamery Park is scheduled for 1.45pm.

Supporters are advised to call the Tayport FC newsline on 01382 552755 prior to setting off for the match on Saturday.