Tricky trip north for Baikie’s ‘Port

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Tayport will be on cup duty this weekend when they travel north to take on Culter F.C. in the inter-regional GA Engineering Cup.

The North Super League outfit look sure to provide a stern test for Dave Baikie’s men.

Culter have won eight out of ten league fixtures to date and are well-placed in the table, with several games in hand on those ahead of them in the standings.

In addition, they had a positive run in the Scottish Junior Cup and only lost out by the odd goal in five against Linlithgow Rose a fortnight ago.

The Peterculter outfit bounced back last weekend to beat New Elgin 5-1 and will be in confident mood for the visit of Tayport.

’Port also go into the cup tie on the back of a win, having beaten Bathgate last Saturday.

Dave Baikie was satisfied by the win, but believes his team can perform better.

“Taking three points was obviously the most important thing, although we didn’t play well for the opening twenty-five minutes,” said the boss.

“In recent friendlies, we’d been experimenting with three at the back but didn’t feel it was working against Bathgate as they had the lion’s share of possession.

“So we adjusted our formation and that made a wee difference.

“Gary Sutherland and Grant Lawson then got us the two goals before half-time.”

Looking ahead to the match against Culter, Baikie continued, “I think the lack of competitive action affected the performance at Bathgate, but we’ve now got that win under our belts.

“On top of that, both Kevin Milne and Ryan Suttie will be free of suspension, while Kris Rollo and Matty Adam are both recovering well from injury.

“That boosts the squad, as we didn’t have many options at Creamery Park.”

The match at Crombie Park, Peterculter, is due to kick off at 2.15pm and, if level after ninety minutes, the tie will be decided by penalty kicks.