Learn from Rose loss says ‘Port gaffer

Having exited the Scottish Junior Cup last weekend, Tayport will be looking to bounce back when they face St. Andrews United.

Both of the local sides are going reasonably well in the East Premier League and this match is likely to have a significant bearing on the promotion race.

While Saints currently sit in fourth place on 16 points and Tayport are ninth, two points behind, the north-east Fife duo have games in hand on all of the other teams in the mix.

St Andrews will go into the match in confident mood, having returned from Buckie with a 3-0 win.

Tayport, on the other hand, lost 4-2 to Bonnyrigg Rose: a result which left manager Dave Baikie a little dejected.

“I’m disappointed by the way the game turned out,” he said.

“We’d had a very good first half and I was really pleased to see us establish a two goal lead.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to half-time with that lead.

“We’ve emphasised to the players that there are key spells in games where the level of concentration has to be spot on.

“The five minutes before half-time are crucial and that’s when we lost the first goal.

“Then, early in the second half, we lost two more.

“We knew that Bonnyrigg would come out fired up for the second half, but we didn’t react to that and lost the initiative.”

Baikie cited a lack of experience on the park as a contributory factor and circumstances conspired against him in this regard.

Stefan Elvin only lasted 17 minutes before being withdrawn.

The manager will be hoping to have at least one of them available for selection against St Andrews.

Striker Matt Adam made his return from a two-month lay-off and he will soon be pushing for a starting berth.

Looking ahead to the derby, Baikie said: “On the whole, we competed well against Bonnyrigg, a Super League team and, hopefully, the players can learn from the experience and take the lessons into the rest of the league campaign, starting this weekend, in what will be another big game for us.”

Kick-off is 2.00p.m.