‘Port looking to get back to winning ways

Calum Smith holds off Grant Lawson from Tayport.
Calum Smith holds off Grant Lawson from Tayport.

Tayport will be hoping to get back into competitive action tomorrow when Oakley United are due at the Canniepairt for an East Premier League encounter.

After winning five matches out of five during the month of November, ’Port only played one fixture in December and that was a home defeat against Arniston Rangers.

Boss Dave Baikie was pleased to see his side at least get a game under their belts last Saturday, when Cupar Hearts visited the Canniepairt.

With the exception of the unavailable Ruaridh Donaldson and Paul Thomson, and the injured Allan Ramsay, all of the players were given a run-out as ‘Port scored six without reply against the amateurs.

“I’d been desperate to line something up, as a couple of other friendlies were postponed over the festive period and it was important to get some game time ahead of the Oakley match,” said the gaffer.

“It was a worthwhile exercise and we scored six goals without reply.

“Matty Adam got a double so that will boost his confidence and Owen McCabe came on and sparkled, scoring two late on.

“I also thought Aaron Kane produced a solid performance.”

Clark Kay opened the scoring on 16 minutes, heading home a Grant Lawson corner, then Matty Adam doubled the lead.

Lawson made it 3-0.

Tayport made four changes at half-time, then shuffled the pack again during the course of the second half in which they netted another three goals through two Owen McCabe strikes and another from Adam.

Now attention turns to the Oakley match.

The Blairwood Parkers currently trail Tayport by only four points, but the Canniepairt outfit do have four games in hand.

Indeed, of the promotion contenders, ’Port have played fewest games, but will be anxious to put points on the board and start climbing back up towards the top of the table as soon as possible.

Baikie hopes to have both Paul Thomson and Ruaridh Donaldson available for selection tomorrow but will be without goalscorer Kevin Milne who is serving a three-game suspension.