You need to react well to ‘Port loss

St Andrews failed to get out of the traps at the weekend.
St Andrews failed to get out of the traps at the weekend.

St Andrews United welcome Lothians side Arniston Rangers to The Parkk on Saturday hoping to put behind them last weeks disappointing defeat to local rivals Tayport.

Saints had gone in to the game on a positive note and although they were hit by a number of injuries still hoped to be successful for the first time on the oppositions soil.

United boss Phil McGuire spoke to The Citizen during the week, saying he held his hands up to the poor performance.

He said: “We’re making no excuses for the defeat.

“We had enough in the team to get something and, for me, the disappointment was the manner of the goals we conceded.

“The positives will come from how the boys react and so far they have shown disappointment in the manner of the defeat.

“It’s another learning curve for them and its three points lost, but we have plenty to play for and push on as we are firmly in the mix with games in hand which will be crucial as the season goes on.”

Arniston have been on something of a poor run of late after a good start to the season with only one win in the last seven games.

That win came on their travels at Oakley United, although they did beat Vale Of Clyde at home in the Scottish Junior Cup.

McGuire won’t be taking Stevie Osborne’s side lightly, saying: “The main positives from Saturday were that we kept going and with better choices and options we could have got back into the game.

“So we will approach Saturday’s game with the same desire and expected work rate.

“The players must play to their own individual strengths and that of the team and if we match Arniston in every department then hopefully we can get the positive result.

“It is important that we make The Parkk a place away teams don’t want to visit because they know it is a tough place to get anything from.”

McGuire is able to welcome back Danny Dobie after his suspension but Kevin McMullan is still very doubtful.

Jack Syme is also likely to feature.

The draw for the third round of The Scottish Junior Cup paired Saints with West Region District League Division Two side St Rochs.

The game will take place at The Parkk on November 22.