Saints weekend match hopes are washed out

Liam Campbell - St Andrews United.
Liam Campbell - St Andrews United.
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The autumn weather has made an early impact on St Andrews United’s 2014/15 season, causing an early fixture backlog.

Last Saturday’s fixture against Dundee North End at North End Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Saints offered to switch the game to The Parkk, however, the Dundee club didn’t want to take up this option and Phil McGuire’s men were left idle.

But thanks to United’s close relationship with St Andrews University, they managed to arrange a friendly on Monday night at the University Sports Centre.

United eventually ran out comfortable winners 6-1 against a well organised University side.

Saints’ goal scorers were Paddy Deane (2), Robbie Holden (2), Jamie Mackie and Kamil Kadela.

The game was vital to Phil McGuire’s squad as they are without a competitive game this coming weekend as well after Tayport’s Scottish Cup Replay against Cruden Bay was postponed.

This has been rearranged for this weekend so United’s trip to The Canniepairt falls foul.

Sunday saw the draw for the second round of The Scottish Junior Cup and United have been given a trip to the north to face Buckie Rovers.

Buckie are currently top of the North League First Division West.

United face an eight hour round trip for the tie on Saturday, October 25 but will be favourites to progress.

The club has announced that it is to commemorate the start of the First World War by wearing a poppy as part of their kit on Saturday, November 8 - Remembrance Weekend.

A Saints spokesman said: “The senior clubs can afford to have special kits made for Remembrance Weekend, however, its not so easy for the lower league and youth clubs.

“When the opportunity arose for us to get behind the Poppy4Kits campaign, we jumped at the chance”.

The Poppy4Kits campaign provides clubs with a self adhesive poppy to be applied to shirts with 65 per cent of the cost going to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Pictured proudly wearing the poppy is United winger Liam Campbell who himself served in the Royal marines before settling in Arbroath and joining Saints.

He said: “I am always proud to wear a poppy and the campaign is ideal for smaller clubs to get involved and show their support.”