Another cup final for battling ‘Port

Tayport v Ballingry: Team congrats for Lawson
Tayport v Ballingry: Team congrats for Lawson

Tayport welcome mid-table Sauchie to the Canniepairt tomorrow (Saturday) for another must win clash for the club.

Dave Baikie’s side gave themselves a glimmer of hope of staying in the Super League thanks to a 2-0 win over Ballingry Rovers at the weekend.

Boss Baikie is refusing to get carried away by the result but did concede that the win “makes things interesting”.

He added: “All credit to our players as there was more pressure on us than on Ballingry.

“Obviously we started well and, coupled with some slackness on their part, we got the two early goals.

“The rest of the match wasn’t pretty but the players did their jobs, got their decisions right, kept a clean sheet and gained the three points we were looking for.”

When Tayport and Sauchie last met in February Baikie’s men came ever so close to victory.

Kris Rollo netted a 76th minute opener, but Sauchie struck back, in injury-time.

Sauchie boast Collin Samuel in their ranks, the former Trinidad and Tobago internationalist having had successful spells at Dundee United and St. Johnstone, so could be a threat to the Tayport defence on Saturday.

While Sauchie sit comfortably in the table, their home form is superior to their away record and they have not won on the road since early November.

If Tayport are to post another win, talented skipper Grant Lawson will be a key man, although the equally-talented Steven McPhee may miss out.

He was injured during the first half of the Ballingry match and had to be replaced by Connaire Connelly. Defender Scott Mollison and midfielder Barry Donachie have both been injured as well, so could also be doubtful.

On the plus side, Ross Grant returned to the starting XI following his spell on the sidelines, while Kenny McCulley mad a late appearance from the bench last Saturday. McCulley should, therefore, be in contention for the right-back berth tomorrow.

Ryan Suttie, however, is suspended.

The former St. Andrews United midfielder has amassed a remarkable eighteen yellow cards and one red in his twenty-six starts for Tayport.

Kick-off at the Canniepairt is scheduled for 2.30pm.