Tayport looking to get back on track

Tayport v Oakley
Tayport v Oakley

Tayport will take a welcome break from league business when they host to Jeanfield Swifts in a DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup tie tomorrow.

’Port go into the match on the back of two consecutive East Premier League defeats, home reversals against Arniston Rangers and Oakley United respectively.

The defeats have been bitter pills for manager Dave Baikie to swallow.

“We’ve only had these two competitive games in seven weeks and both times we’ve lost 2-0,” said the gaffer.

“The lack of action has worked against us and we seem to have lost our way.”

Reflecting on last weekend’s loss, Baikie said: “In the game itself, we probably had 60 per cent of possession, but didn’t have any real penetration in our play.

“On top of that, we didn’t match Oakley in terms of attitude and effort.

“Teams still see Tayport Football Club as something of a scalp.

“We remain a big name in the junior ranks and opponents come to the Canniepairt with real attitude and tend to raise their game.

“We have to face up to that, but haven’t done so over the last couple of matches.”

The boss is hoping for a change in fortune tomorrow, adding: “We’ll now turn our attention to our cup tie against Jeanfield.

“Maybe a bit of breathing space from the league will give us the opportunity to regain our momentum and then we can push on in the race for promotion.”

Jeanfield will, however, provide a stern test.

They themselves will also see promotion to the Super League as a realistic prospect, although they currently sit in the bottom half of the table.

The pair have yet to meet this season as the scheduled December league fixture in Perth was postponed due to a frozen Riverside Stadium pitch.

As far as the inter-regional East of Scotland Cup is concerned, Tayport have reached this stage by virtue of a walkover against Harthill Royal who failed to raise a team for their trip to north-east Fife.

Jeanfield began their respective cup campaign against local rivals Scone Thistle and squeezed through on penalties, after a 1-1 draw at the Riverside.

Kick-off at the Canniepairt is scheduled for 1.45pm and the tie will be decided by penalty kicks if level after 90 minutes.