Second time lucky for cup replay

Tayport and Cruden Bay will try to do it again this weekend.
Tayport and Cruden Bay will try to do it again this weekend.

Heavy overnight rain put paid to last Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup replay between Tayport and North Region outfit, Cruden Bay.

The ferocious weather across the area meant the Canniepairt surface wasn’t fit to host the clash between the two sides.

Consequently, the pair will try again tomorrow (saturday), putting the scheduled Fife derby against St Andrews United on the back-burner.

’Port required a late, late leveller to force this replay and will be keen to make amends tomorrow afternoon at home.

“I was resigned to going out of the cup, until we got that rub of the green late on,” said Tayport boss, Dave Baikie.

“Now, we’ll have to really up our game, against a very whole-hearted, workmanlike outfit.”

Baikie will be hoping that the extra week gives some of his injured players a chance to recover and be in contention for places.

Midfielder Stefan Elvin and forward Matt Adam both missed the initial match at Watson Park, while Neil Docherty, Kris Rollo and Ruaridh Donaldson picked up knocks.

In addition, Allan Ramsay played, despite not being 100 per cent fit.

At least there are no injury concerns for the attacking trio of Gary Sutherland, Kevin Milne and Grant Lawson.

When on song, that front trio would be a handful for any defence in the junior game.

So, the ’Port support will be looking for them to hit form against Cruden Bay and fire Tayport into the second round of the national competition.

Kick-off is scheduled for 2.30pm and, if level after ninety minutes, the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Waiting in the wings for the winner of the match between the two is east Superleague side Bonnyrigg Rose.

Rose will travel to either Tayport or Cruden Bay in the second round which is scheduled to be played on October 25.

Should Tayport be able to get the job done tomorrow, they’ll meet a Bonnyrigg side which has made an indifferent start to the season.

The Midlothian club currently sits seventh in the Superleague table.

Between matches Tayport are scheduled to travel to Broughty Athletic on league business on October 18.