‘Port ready to bounce back against Roselea

Tayport are looking to get back into a celebratory mood - starting tomorrow.
Tayport are looking to get back into a celebratory mood - starting tomorrow.

Tayport will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Montrose Roselea, when they host North End tomorrow afternoon.

The reversal at Broomfield Park was a real blow to ’Port as they attempt to mount a promotion challenge

“We just didn’t cope with a strong team who were committed to working very hard,” said boss Dave Baikie as he reflected on the defeat.

“We probably had the lion’s share of possession, but, for want of a better word, we were bullied out of it.

“We’d spoken beforehand about how tough the game would be.

“I suppose the fact that it wasn’t windy was a bonus, so we were hopeful of doing well, but just didn’t win our headers or enough second balls.”

Baikie will be keen to see an improvement tomorrow when the Dokens come to town but his squad will again be stretched with the injury to Matt Adam again keeping him out of the line-up and doubts about John Tonner’s fitness.

Ryan Suttie made his first competitive appearance of the season last week, having been ruled out by suspension and then holidays.

North End currently sit one point ahead of Tayport in what is becoming a tight division, with the top twelve separated by just five points.

A win, therefore, could see eleventh-placed Tayport shoot up the table.

The Dokens lost out by the odd goal in five to Oakley United last week, but did beat Jeanfield Swifts in their previous league outing.

The North End Parkers will provide tough opposition and could include a former Tayport hero in their ranks.

Attacking midfielder Barry McNaughton has been plying his trade for the Dundee outfit since leaving ’Port a few years ago.

McNaughton was integral to Tayport’s success during the 2000s, playing a major role as the club won two Scottish Junior Cups and two Super League titles between 2002/03 and 2005/06.

His 12 goals from midfield in a 22-match league season was a major contributory factor in that inaugural Super League triumph.

The ’Port support will be hoping that he does not come back to haunt his old team tomorrow.

Kick-off is 2.30pm.