TAYPORT are aiming to bounce straight back up into the East Super League, after defeat by Bo’ness United on Saturday condemned the Canniepairt men to relegation.
The result saw the Newtown Park side crowned champions, and ended Tayport’s hopes of escaping the drop.
Reflecting on the defeat, ’Port manager John McGlashan said: “The support travelled through to Bo’ness in good numbers, but I’m sorry that we couldn’t deliver the result that would have kept us in the Super League.”
The match slipped away from ‘Port late in the first half, when Bo’ness netted twice after McGlashan was forced into two substitutions.
Without dwelling on excuses, the gaffer said: “It was one of these days, in that things didn’t go our way.
“It was bad enough to lose one player to injury, but to lose two in the first half was freaky, especially as they weren’t impact injuries.
“That meant that we had to make changes to the back four and, more importantly, it reduced our options later in the game.”
McGlashan was quick to pay tribute to the opposition, who became the first side to retain the Super League crown.
“Bo’ness should be given real credit, as they deserved to win,” he said.
“They have experienced players who have been over the course before.”
The manager was not overly despondent, with regard to his team’s performance.
“There maybe wasn’t the grandstand finish that we hoped for, but we didn’t go down without a fight,” he said.
“We restricted Bo’ness to relatively few opportunities.
“In terms of the game as a whole, it wasn’t as exciting as the match at Linlithgow.
“Perhaps the players cancelled each other out, because of what was at stake.”
McGlashan went on: “I was disappointed by the goals that we conceded.
“As a team, it’s easier to accept when the opposition scores a great goal.
“Losing a bad goal can deflate players, as they feel that it shouldn’t have happened, and that can obviously have a negative effect.”
Although the campaign has ended in relegation, McGlashan retains a philosophical outlook.
“In the end, it was a bridge too far, but I want to praise the efforts of the players,” he said.
“In the last five games, we suffered two narrow defeats, one to the Scottish Cup finalists and one to the champions.
“The Super League is a very tight division and, in another season, with the same players, we could well have been challenging for the title.”
The Canniepairt chief revealed that plans are already underway for season 2011-12.
“We have one signing, Jamie Mackie, lined up, so we look forward to welcoming him to Tayport,” said McGlashan.
“We already have a good squad of players and we’ll make a few more additions, re-group, and come back stronger, fitter and better-prepared in the future.
“Our aim is to bounce straight back up and soon be competing at the top level again.
“I’m sure that this is a temporary blip and we can certainly go on to achieve the success that everyone at the club craves.”