Hard will will see us win cup clash

St Andrews had little trouble seeing off Bathgate and now turn their attention to Scottish Cup duty.
St Andrews had little trouble seeing off Bathgate and now turn their attention to Scottish Cup duty.

This weekend St Andrews United face a 300 mile round trip as the take on Buckie Rovers in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Manager Phil McGuire is definitely not underestimating the North Region Division One West side, but is certainly expecting to return south with a victory and progress assured.

At the weekend Saints kept their strong start to the season going as they brushed aside Bathgate 5-1.

McGuire said: “It’s a game where we will go there and look to build on the fine performance from the week before, but we are under no illusions that we must work and match our opponents in all areas of the pitch to earn the right to play our football.”

Saints prepared for Saturday’s cup tie with a behind closed doors friendly against Championship side Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Tuesday.

United were unlucky to go down 3-1 against a side which included eight first team players.

McGuire was happy with the performance, if a bit disappointed by the outcome.

He said: “ I thought we competed really well, we conceded a sloppy early goal but other than that I thought we were the better team in the first half and were unlucky to go in only level, thanks to Jack Syme’s strike.

“Like any friendly the game lost its way a bit in the second half when the substitutions came, but I thought 3-1 didn’t really tell the true story of the game.

“It gave me chance to give game time to those that have been on the fringe ahead of Saturday’s game.

“All in all, it was a worthwhile exercise.”

Saints will be looking to take the form of Saturday which saw Bathgate dispatched in to the weekend’s cup tie.

“The victory over Bathgate at the weekend was very pleasing indeed, not just because of the win and three points, it was the manner in which we took the game to our opponents,” said the manager.

“We have had more possession in previous games, created chances and lost but on Saturday everything clicked the way we had planned in training and our assessment of our opponents.

“The team took all this on board and carried out our instructions on weaknesses that we could exploit as a team.”