Saints enjoy the luxury of a Scottish Cup bye

St Andrews were left frustrated at the weekend as Hill of Beath grabbed a late draw.
St Andrews were left frustrated at the weekend as Hill of Beath grabbed a late draw.

Tayport and Newburgh are gearing up for Scottish Junior Cup action this weekend, but St Andrews have the luxury of knowing their already in round two.

Such is the make up of the competition, the first round sees a few ties played with plenty of byes before a bigger list of ties for round two.

Saints are one of those given a bye so while Newburgh play host to Kilbirnie Ladeside and Tayport travel to Dundee to take on Lochee Harp, Saints are in Fife & Lothians Cup action.

United face South League strugglers Livingston United at Barnetts Park.

The last time they West Lothian side visited north east Fife was in the 2013/14 season when Saints ran out 7-1 winners.

Saints boss Phil McGuire is expected to give starting places to one or two fringe players with a view to keeping everybody fresh.

Darren Clarkson, Josh Thomson, Josh Wilson, Darren Kelly and Sam Buchan are all expected to be given starting berths.

Looking back at last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Hill Of Beath, when the Saints lost a late equaliser, manager McGuire said: “We could have been more professional, conceded a free-kick around the halfway line instead of dropping deep.”

“It’s a harsh lesson learned and they will need to learn as a group as we are stronger as a group than individuals, and if I know the players then they will.

“Summing up the game it was a disappointment and a learning curve that we must take our chances and shut them out also.

“It was gritty and determined which was pleasing and these games we shall see throughout the course of the season but I do believe we will become stronger and more together as a team over the next few weeks and rest of the season.”

Looking forward to Saturday, the gaffer added: “It’s a game in which we know we must be dominant in all areas of the pitch.

“We will start as favourites but for me that’s just a tag as its only ever 11v11 until someone tells me otherwise.”

Kick off is 2.30p.m.