Tayport learning how to grind out results

Tayport manager John McGlashan.

Tayport manager John McGlashan.

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TAYPORT welcome Dalkeith Thistle to the Canniepairt for an East Premier League encounter tomorrow.

Dalkeith gained promotion from the South Division last season and have settled into the second tier of the East Region set-up.

Last weekend, they beat Glenrothes at home and have also defeated Armadale.

On the road, Dalkeith have had two draws, at Bathgate and Penicuik, so they will not be overawed by the trip to north east Fife.

Tayport also won 1-0 last weekend, in a Scottish Junior Cup tie against West Calder, but manager John McGlashan was not entirely satisfied with his team’s display.

“It wasn’t our greatest performance of the season, but credit to West Calder, who made it difficult for us,” he said.

“The main thing is that we’re through to the next round of the Scottish Cup and, ultimately, that’s what matters.”

McGlashan is always keen to focus on the positives, adding, “We kept a clean sheet and are now unbeaten in five games.

“The team is evolving and I’m pleased we managed to record a win without playing well.

“As a team, it’s important to learn how to grind out a result and that’s what we did.”

The gaffer will be hoping to see his side return to form against Dalkeith and he may make changes to his starting line-up.

He was pleased with the contribution of his three substitutes last week, so Blair Mudie, Jamie Mackie and Colin McNaught may come into his thoughts for tomorrow.

There are others who will also be in the frame, as Tayport look to keep themselves in title contention by posting another home win.

Kick-off is scheduled for 2.30pm and supporters should ‘phone the Tayport F.C. newsline, on 01382 552755, for the latest information.

Saturday’s East Premier League results:

Newtongrange Star 1, Ballingry Rovers 3; Dalkeith Thistle 1, Glenrothes 0.

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

Dundee Violet v Broughty Athletic; Glenrothes v Bathgate Thistle; Newtongrange Star v Penicuik Athletic; Jeanfield Swifts v Oakley United; Tayport v Dalkeith Thistle; Ballingry Rovers v Armadale Thistle.