Club’s demise shows how lucky we are

St Andrews United v St Rochs
St Andrews United v St Rochs

The shock decision by Ballingry Rovers to cease trading on Monday has cast a cloud over junior football in Fife.

However, Saints boss Phil McGuire insists it is at times like this he knows St Andrews United are heading in the right direction.

The Parkk boss said: “This week is a sad week with the news about Ballingry Rovers, it’s never nice to hear this kind of stuff and my thoughts go out to all concerned.

“It is times like these I am proud to be involved with St Andrews United and how we are trying to move the club forward both on and off the park.

“The hard work that goes into this club from all members associated with the club is tremendous.”

It may be that Ballingry’s demise may make the path to the Super League slightly easier for United.

A final decision on what to do with the promotion and relegation issue is still to be taken by region officials, but the popular solution is to abandon the play off, relegate two clubs from the Super League and promote three from the Premier.

On Saturday United travel to the capital to take on Edinburgh United in an encounter that will see the winners return to the leader’s position at the expense of Tayport.

Saints near neighbours climbed to the top after their 3-2 win over Forfar West End as their rivals were in Scottish Cup action.

This weekend the tables are turned as its Tayport who are in cup action.

Edinburgh are unbeaten at their Patties Road ground having won five from five in the league and conceded just one goal.

However, Saints will travel in confident mood following last week’s 6-2 victory against St Rochs.

The two sides have already met once this season with Saints losing out to a late goal.

McGuire said: “Edinburgh United are a team full of confidence and have been on a good run of late.

“We know again we have to match our opponents and find a way to break them down as they are a strong unit and defensively very sound and can punish teams.

“We found this out at The Parkk game against them in what turned out to be a defeat for us and we were very unfortunate not to take anything from the game.

Kick off in Edinburgh on Saturday is 1.45p.m.