United must make their point at Musselburgh

St Andrews slipped one step closer to relegation when they went 1-0 down at Hill of Beath.
St Andrews slipped one step closer to relegation when they went 1-0 down at Hill of Beath.

If St Andrews United are to remain in the East Region Super League then it is essential that they get a least a point from Saturday’s trip to Musselburgh.

That is the message coming from within the Recreation Park club.

Saints have seven games left and after Saturday’s trip to Edinburgh they face Linlithgow Rose at home on April 26.

They then have fixtures to be arranged at home and away to Camelon, at home to Tayport, leaving away trips to Ballingry and Carnoustie.

Fifteen points from those games should see Saints safe but it is a very tall order and manager Gus Malone doesn’t want to have to rely on beating Tayport, Ballingry and Carnoustie for the points.

“We are going to Olivebank on Saturday to win, no point in doing anything else,” said the gaffer.

“We need to put the clubs above us under a bit pf pressure, keep them looking over their shoulders.

“Hill Of Beath did a job on us on Saturday, they stopped us playing and we created very little for Gary Sutherland.

“Losing Barry Sibanda in training was also a big blow, hopefully he will be back for at least a place on the bench but at the moment its probably only 40/60 that he will be involved.

“We missed Ryan McInnes’ energy as well and he will be absent again tomorrow.

“On top of that Craig Wedderburn is suspended for the first of four games so we are down to bare bones.

“A positive from Saturday was the performance of Greg Whyte at the back, I thought he did well for saying he hasn’t played 90 minutes for two years.”

Keeping United in the fight is partly down to the clubs around them also losing and while United are at Musselburgh, there is a real six pointer at Volunteer Park as Armadale Thistle take on Carnoustie.

Kelty Hearts travel to neighbours Hill Of Beath and Tayport host Ballingry at The Canniepart.