‘Port to rekindle cup love affair

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Tomorrow sees three-times winners Tayport embark upon their 25th Scottish Junior Cup campaign.

Dave Baikie’s men will make the long trip to Cruden Bay for a first round tie against the PMAC Group North Super League outfit.

Cruden Bay currently sit tenth in the fourteen-team division and have yet to win a league match at their Watson Park home.

Most recently lost out by 2-0 against visiting Dyce.

They have, however, notched a couple of local cup wins this season and will doubtless be well-motivated for Tayport’s visit.

’Port will, at least, travel in some confidence to Aberdeenshire having recorded a victory last week against Dundee North End.

The victory on the Canniepairt saw Tayport hoist themselves up a couple of places to seventh.

But Dave Baikie will be looking for a better all-round display from his troops tomorrow.

“While we got a positive result, again we had contrasting halves of football,” said the gaffer.

“In the first, there was a bit of hunger in us.

“We started well and had three clear chances and took two with two well-worked moves.

“We restricted North End to very few openings and dominated the half.”

It was the second half performance which irked Baikie.

“I was hoping for more of the same in the second, but was left disappointed,” he said.

“We gave the ball away from the outset and that set the tone.

“I was also really unhappy with the goal we lost for a variety of reasons.”

The boss made it clear that the players would be working hard at training during the week in preparation for the game against Cruden Bay.

Baikie, of course, has an incredible record in the Scottish Junior Cup and he will want to ensure that his team is ready for the challenge which lies ahead up in the north of Scotland.

It is hoped that Tayport will have a stronger squad available this weekend as injuries to John Tonner, Matt Adam and Ross Grant saw them sidelined against North End, leaving just Connaire Connelly, Dale Robertson and Owen McCabe as substitutes.

Kick-off at Watson Park is scheduled for 2.30pm.