Despite Saturday’s defeat at Hill o’ Beath, Tayport boss Dave Baikie says his side are showing him plenty to be encouraged about.
The gaffer is still getting familiar with his side after only recently taking over the helm at the Canniepairt again recently.
Despite defeats like Saturday’s 3-1 loss away from home, Baikie is content that there is enough quality in his side to start mixing it with the best.
He said: “I was pleased with the latter stages.
“As well as the goal, Grant Lawson had a good opportunity and Matty Adam just missed out on a good ball from Steven McPhee.
“It showed that we can be a match for these teams.”
Tayport came away pointless from Keir’s Park with the hosts winning the East Super League encounter with a bit to spare against their ten-man visitors.
On a rain-soaked pitch, striker Nik Mann slid in for a tackle and then stared in disbelief as referee Lorraine Clark produced a red card.
To compound matters, Hill o’Beath soon opened the scoring when Barry Smith’s shot took a wicked deflection to leave Sam Morris helpless.
Within a minute, the hosts had doubled their advantage.
Lyall Shaw showed neat footwork on the edge of the area and bent his shot into the corner of the net.
Fortune favoured the hosts again ten minutes into the second half when Shaw scored with the aid of a deflection.
In the closing stages, Tayport were to the fore and reduced the deficit on 83 minutes.
Grant Lawson did well to win the ball wide on the right and his cross fell for Matty Adam, whose effort also took a deflection on its way into the net, as ’Port at last got the benefit of a break.
A Hill o’Beath substitute was sent off in the dying moments for an off-the-ball incident.
“The sending off was clearly a big turning point,” said boss Baikie.
“I didn’t believe it should have been a red card.
“It was just a case of two players sliding in to try and win the ball.
“Playing with ten men against an experienced side was a tall order.”
Tayport will be in cup action tomorrow, playing host to Arbroath Vics in the East of Scotland Cup.
Kick-off on the Canniepairt on Saturday is scheduled for 2.00 p.m.
Tayport - Morris, Tonner, Robertson, Boyd, Thomson, Suttie(Rollo), McPhee, Grant, Adam, Mann, Lawson.