Boss is sure his side will hit form

Tayport's Matt Adam holds off a Dundee United defender.
Tayport's Matt Adam holds off a Dundee United defender.

Tayport boss Dave Baikie is sure his side will soon click into gear after making an inauspicious start to their 2014-15 campaign.

Tomorrow (Saturday) ‘Port play host to Edinburgh United on the Canniepairt in an East Premier League fixture

Last weekend Tayport slipped to a defeat at Dundonald, which followed on the heels of a 1-1 draw against Dundee Violet.

But the manager is confident that his team will soon be back on track.

“It’s early days in the season,” said Baikie.

“We were lucky to get a draw against Violet but, on Saturday, I felt we were unfortunate not to take something from the match against Dundonald.

“Only one team has maximum points so far, so it’s not as if we’re to far adrift.

“Hopefully we can get a positive result against Edinburgh on Saturday.”

The result against Dundonald last weekend was a disappointing one for ‘Port, but Baikie felt that there were mitigating circumstances.

“We started well, but they equalised with a goal which looked to be offside,” he said.

“We then had a couple of offside decisions go against us when we threatened to break through.

“On top of that, Gary Sutherland had a penalty claim turned down, while we missed a couple of chances to take the lead.”

Most frustrating for Baikie was the disallowed Sutherland goal in the second half.

“By all accounts, it should have counted, then we were further punished when Grant Lawson was sent off for complaining about the decision.”

Tayport will be hoping to get some breaks tomorrow, when Edinburgh come to town.

United will provide stiff opposition. They started the season by sharing four goals with Bathgate Thistle, then recorded a convincing 4-0 win over Oakley.

The capital club have been far from regular opponents over the years, but they did compete in the inaugural Super League season, of 2002/03. Tayport and Edinburgh had contrasting fortunes that year.

‘Port won a Super League and Scottish Junior Cup double, while United were relegated.

The Canniepairt outfit go into the game on the back of a midweek friendly win against Dundee United’s Under-20s, the Canniepairt men winning 3-2.