Preventable goals are hurting us

Sam Morris in early action as Tayport defend.
Sam Morris in early action as Tayport defend.

Dave Baikie has called on his Tayport side to cut out the basic errors whichcontinue to cost his side goals.

Despite scoring three on the Canniepairt last week against Broxburn Athletic, the four goals shipped at the other end meant ‘Port were left with no reward.

Super League duty continues on Saturday for the relegation haunted side when they visit New Dundas Park, to face Bonnyrigg Rose.

’Port actually clinched the inaugural Super League title at the venue, in the 2002/03 season, but this year, the Canniepairt outfit find themselves at the opposite end of the table.

The Canniepairt management team will have spent the week trying to iron out the defensive weaknesses which were in evidence in last weekend’s defeat to Broxburn, while, at the same time, attempting to instil belief into the young squad.

“The defeat was a sore one to take,” said Baikie.

“After scoring to go 3-2 up it was vital that we kept our concentration for a sustained period but we failed to do that.

“In fact, the four goals we conceded were all very much preventable.”

Baikie refused to criticise the referee for his decision to award Broxburn what looked like two soft penalty kicks.

Instead he pointed out errors in judgement by his players in the lead-up to the two incidents.

The manager did, however, see some encouraging aspects in the performance.

“We had been working hard at training on Tuesday and Thursday, as always, coaching the players and trying to make us a better team,” said the boss.

“We worked at playing to our strengths and getting the ball forward to wide areas quickly.

“In the main, we did that and caused Broxburn problems, but shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we lost.”

Bonnyrigg currently sit third from top, in the sixteen-team division and have title aspirations. In the reverse fixture, on the Canniepairt, ’Rigg ran out comprehensive winners, scoring four without reply.

The task facing Tayport tomorrow is, therefore, a daunting one.

Kick-off at New Dundas Park is scheduled for 2.30pm.

Supporters requiring further details should call the Tayport FC newsline, on 01382 552755.