Take the positives into our cup tie

Tayport v Kelty.
Tayport v Kelty.

Dave Baikie wants his side to build on the pleasing aspects of their draw with Kelty when Maud, of the North Region Super League, visit on cup duty.

Tayport will meet their visitors in the inter-regional GA engineering Cup on the Canniepairt with Maud, who have had some significant financial backing of late, expected to pose a tough test.

On Saturday Tayport and Kelty couldn’t be pulled apart and had to settle for a point each in a 0-0 draw.

Boss Baikie, though, says his side should take heart from certain aspects of their performance.

He said: “What was especially pleasing was that we recorded our first Super League shut-out of the campaign.

“I also felt that we upped our commitment in the second half, anticipated the second ball better and started going in for the 50-50s with more conviction.

“We’re getting used to the level and tempo of the top flight and a similar performance will be required when we face Maud on Saturday.”

This season marks Tayport’s return to the tournament for teams from the North and the former Tayside set-ups, after an absence of eight years.

In their pomp, ’Port won the competition on a regular basis and, after their 2004/05 triumph, decided to stop taking part, at a time when, given their success, fixture congestion was a real issue.

In this year’s tournament, Tayport have already accounted for Coupar Angus in the preliminary round and Lochee Harp in the first round proper, scoring 4-0 and 3-1 wins respectively.

Maud currently sit comfortably in eighth place in the 14 team North Super League and have won seven and drawn five of their seventeen matches to date.

In the GA Engineering Cup, Maud easily defeated Portgordon Victoria 6-3 before seeing off Ellon United after a penalty shoot-out.

‘Port will have to be at the top of their game to progress to the next round.

Barry Donachie is still suspended, while Ross Grant will be a major doubt having been forced out of the action last weekend.

Ryan Suttie missed the Kelty match due to injury but he may be fit enough to return.

Nik Mann was given a rare start up front last week, with Matty Adam deployed wide on the right. Steven McPhee was given the responsibility to support Mann and Dave Baikie may opt for a similar formation tomorrow afternoon.

Kick off is scheduled for 2.30pm.