Crucial relegation clash on the Canniepairt

Early Action as Tayport faced Hurlford.
Early Action as Tayport faced Hurlford.

There will be a Fife derby on the Canniepairt tomorrow when Tayport host to Kelty Hearts in an East Super League relegation battle.

In the 16 team division, bottom-placed ’Port actually trail tenth place Hearts by twelve points, but do have four games in hand.

Realistically, Tayport will have to put a run of victories together to have any chance of escaping the drop.

Tayport go into the match on the back of their Scottish Cup exit, at the hands of big-spending Hurlford United last weekend.

But they should take some confidence from the way they competed against their more experienced opponents.

“It’s part of the learning curve for our young players and they certainly didn’t disgrace themselves,” said ’Port boss Dave Baikie.

“They’ve reached the last 16 of the Scottish and gone out to a team who are rightly amongst the favourites to win the competition.

“Hurlford have a squad of experienced players, many of whom could easily still be playing at a higher level for clubs in the senior grade.”

It was actually Tayport’s first cup loss this season after eight ties in three different competitions but league success has eluded the Canniepairt men.

Indeed, Tayport have only one victory to their name and that came against Bo’ness United back in November.

When the sides met at Central Park, Kelty ran out 3-2 winners.

The Tayport squad looked thin last week against Hurlford as Nik Mann and Ross Grant were unavailable while Barry Donachie remains suspended. Injury forced Ryan Suttie off towards the end of the match so he may be a doubt for the Kelty game while Ruaridh Donaldson may slot into midfield.

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