We’ll treat the derby like every other game

St Andrews United and Tayport will renew old rivalries this weekend.
St Andrews United and Tayport will renew old rivalries this weekend.
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St Andrews United look to build on their recent good form when they make the short trip to The Canniepairt to take on Tayport in the East Region Premier League.

The north east Fife sides enjoyed mixed fortunes at the weekend in The Scottish Junior Cup.

Tayport ended up crashing 4-2 to Super League Bonnyrigg Rose after being 2-0 in front, while Saints ran out 3-0 winners at a very windy Buckie Rovers.

For supporters it brings the chance to hold the bragging rights over workmates and friends.

However, Saints manager Phil McGuire is careful to play down the importance of the game, insisting it is no more important than any of the other 29 Premier League fixtures this season.

“I feel for my squad its just another game, however, we can go into it with confidence and belief that if we do the correct things and work hard we can hopefully take something from the game,” McGuire said.

“There is valuable experience to be earned individually and as a team that in this league that there are no easy games.

“My team are continuing to learn the right way and play and understand and improve their game knowledge with each passing training session and games we play.

“I am a firm believer that these good habits will only benefit the team and the club as a whole as we move forward together.”

The game will have an added incentive for former Saints Gary Sutherland, Alan Tulleth, Ryan Suttie and Allan Ramsay who are all expected to line up against their former club.

Gus Malone is among the coaching staff at Tayport.

“We have a few injuries and I won’t be sure of my starting line up until kick off time,” added the United gaffer.

“We came back from Buckie with a few niggles and we will see what the week brings.

“Having said that, we went five games unbeaten at the start of the season in the middle of an injury crisis, so I am sure whatever the side I am able to put out will do the club and the town proud on Saturday.”

Supporters of both sides are advised that kick off at The Canniepairt on Saturday is at the earlier than usual time of 2.00p.m.