Tayport well placed to push for promotion

John McGlashan
John McGlashan
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For Tayport, 2011 has ended as it began, with fixtures falling victim to the weather and exits from the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.

When ‘Port came out of cold storage in early February of this year, two goalless draws against Petershill led to a penalty shoot-out defeat in the national competition.

Thereafter, Tayport struggled for any sort of form, not registering a win until the last day in April.

Such a wretched run of results inevitably dragged the Canniepairt outfit into a Super League relegation battle.

Following a home loss to Lochee United, the club accepted the resignation of Willie Garner and moved quickly to appoint a successor.

The next day, former Arbroath boss, John McGlashan, was appointed to the Canniepairt hotseat, with former ‘Port player, Paul Reilly, named as his assistant.

CONSIGNED

In their first match in charge, a point was gleaned from a tricky game at Forfar West End.

This was followed by a long-awaited win, at fellow strugglers, Newtongrange Star.

Unfortunately, a defeat against Scottish Cup finalists, Musselburgh, all but consigned Tayport to the drop.

McGlashan’s men did not go down without a fight, though.

There was an incredible 3-2 win against Dave Baikie’s title-chasing Linlithgow at Prestonfield.

A final day reversal at eventual champions Bo’ness sealed Tayport’s fate, but the new management team had made a positive impact in a short space of time.

Over the summer, the club pulled off a couple of major signing coups, as McGlashan prepared his squad for the Premier League campaign.

Goalkeeper Iain Ross, a Scottish Junior internationalist, joined from Lochee United, while striker Paul Tosh signed up after a successful career in the senior ranks.

The DJ League Cup campaign, however, did not go to plan.

Tayport failed to progress from a group consisting of Violet, North End and Broughty Athletic.

IMPRESSIVE

On league business there has been some success though.

‘Port currently top the division, albeit that Oakley United in particular have games in hand.

Tayport’s away form has been impressive.

Thirteen points from five away games, with only one goal conceded is quite remarkable.

That said, only five points from as many matches at home is a concern.

At least Tayport in a position to make a push for promotion and there is certainly confidence that the Canniepairt outfit will be right in the mix come the end of the campaign.

Promotion is the number one priority, especially given that the Scottish Junior Cup adventure is over for another season.

Old foes Lochee United won a third round replay in what proved to be Tayport’s last competitive fixture of 2011.