Derby win puts a spring in the step

Celebrations following Gary Sutherland's goal for Tayport.
Celebrations following Gary Sutherland's goal for Tayport.

Buoyed by their derby win against St. Andrews United, Tayport will go into tomorrow’s inter-regional GA Engineering Cup tie away to East Craigie in confident mood.

With the Shipbuilders currently mid-table in the division below, ’Port will be favourites to make progress.

But the Canniepairt outfit have come unstuck at Craigie Park before, having once been on the wrong end of a major upset in the East of Scotland Cup.

Dave Baikie, therefore, will ensure that his side guard against complacency tomorrow afternoon.

“We maybe didn’t play to our full potential against St. Andrews last Saturday, but we got a great result,” said the boss.

“We’re now looking to build on that as we turn our attention to the GA Cup tie against East Craigie.”

The manager will be looking for a more complete performance this time out, having been frustrated by phases of the game in which ’Port have allowed their opponents to dictate matters in the last couple of matches.

At the weekend ‘Port took a three goal lead only to lose a sloppy goal right before the break to give St Andrews some hope going into the second half.

“To go three goals up was ideal, but, again, we contrived to give away a goal before half-time.

“For twenty minutes of the second half St. Andrews put us under some pressure, but we managed to hold firm.”

A tactical change helped steady the ship last week.

“Bringing on Allan Ramsay midway through the half gave us more solidity and that allowed us to get more of a foothold in the game,” commented Baikie.

Having scored four against St Andrews, the Tayport support will be hoping to see their side hit the goal trail again tomorrow.

“It was great to see Alan Tulleth get a hat-trick against one of his old clubs and Gary Sutherland got one as well, so I’m really pleased for them,” added the Canniepairt boss.

With Kevin Milne and Grant Lawson also in the line-up and Matt Adam coming off the bench, Tayport were not short of attacking options.

That quintet will no doubt feature prominently at Craigie Park tomorrow for the ‘Port where the match kicks off at 2.00pm.

Should the match end in stalemate then it will be decided by penalty kicks.