We must learn our lessons or we’re out

Dale Robertson clears another Cruden attack.
Dale Robertson clears another Cruden attack.

Having drawn their Scottish Junior Cup tie away to Cruden Bay on Saturday, Tayport will now welcome their North Region opponents to the Canniepairt for tomorrow’s replay.

Tayport were provisionally scheduled to meet East Craigie in an inter-regional cup tie this Saturday, but the national tournament takes precedence, so ’Port and Cruden Bay will now settle their cup tie instead.

At the weekend Tayport were moments away from a shock defeat before grabbing a last gasp equaliser to level the tie at 2-2.

Manager Dave Baikie said: “It was a case of relief more than anything else.

“We were lucky to come away with a draw and we have to learn lessons from that match and handle things better this weekend.”

’Port will be favourites to progress to the second round, but the level of performance will have to go up a notch tomorrow afternoon.

Baikie added: “I felt we were the better side in the first half but only created one chance, which we didn’t take.

“We changed things at half-time to become more positive and scored a good goal.

“I couldn’t really see them scoring but the penalty decision changed the complexion of the game.

“All of a sudden, Cruden Bay got a lift and our heads went down.”

As well as the controversial penalty decision, a couple of other factors went against Tayport at Watson Park.

“We lost Neil Docherty to injury and lost the second goal shortly afterwards,” added the ‘Port boss.

“Then we went down to ten men when Ryan Suttie was sent off.

“It looked like we were going out of the competition, but at least we managed to force the equaliser.”

The Canniepairt outfit will have to dig deep again this week but the squad is looking decidedly thin.

Midfielder Stefan Elvin and forward Matt Adam both missed last week’s game due to injury and are likely to be absent this time out as well.

Neil Docherty’s injury is another blow, while Kris Rollo also picked up a knock.

Allan Ramsay only played after passing a late fitness test.

Kick-off is scheduled for 2.30pm and, if level after ninety minutes, the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.