Tayport began their East Premier League campaign on Wednesday night with a tough 1-1 draw at home to Dundee Violet.
In a match which will not live long in the memory, ’Port were lucky to escape with a share of the spoils.
“It was a poor performance,” said boss Dave Baikie, post-match.
“We really must do better, as there was a lack of spark during the 90 minutes.
“We had a good pre-season, but took a bit of a nosedive with that display.”
Violet opened the scoring when Stewart McConnachie and then Andy Payne seemed to dance their way into the area and Payne netted with a composed, low finish.
Four minutes later Tayport were awarded a penalty when Gary Sutherland was fouled by the goalkeeper.
Grant Lawson took the kick and found the corner of the net to equalise.
With Kenny McCulley tiring in the closing stages, Dave Baikie replaced him with a trialist defender.
Within a few minutes the trialist was trudging towards the dressing room having been harshly ordered off for a foul just outside the penalty area.
Down to ten men, Tayport had to weather a late storm.
“It was like a game of ping-pong in our box late on,” said Baikie.
“Sam Morris made a save, shots were cleared off the line and we were lucky to escape with a draw.”
Keir Reilly, son of Tayport legend Dave Reilly, was the catalyst for the Violet assault, going close on three occasions.
“There were mitigating circumstances,” concluded Baikie.
“We had three players suspended and a couple had just come back from holiday, so the situation should be a little better on Saturday.”
Tomorrow, Tayport travel to meet Dundonald Bluebell in the league.
Dundonald opened their campaign with a midweek draw, sharing two goals with St. Andrews United.
’Port should have John Tonner and Kevin Milne available after suspension.
Milne has formed an effective partnership up front with Gary Sutherland during pre-season, so that duo will be eager to get amongst the goals.
Tayport - Morris, McCulley(Trialist), Rennie, Thomson, Donaldson, Ramsay, Trialist(Elvin), Connelly, Adam, Sutherland, Lawson.