Saints ready for the Haws

St Andrews, in black, hope to face Hill O' Beath this weekend.
St Andrews, in black, hope to face Hill O' Beath this weekend.

St Andrews United’s travel plans were affected by the weather on Saturday as their trip to Camelon’s Carmuirs Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

After an inspection by the match referee, he decided that the ground was unplayable so, not for the first time this season, the squad members were left kicking their heels.

After a bit of quick work by club secretary Mark Johnson and his opposite number at Newburgh, a friendly was arranged for Monday night on the excellent 3G surface at St Andrews University.

In cold, wet and blustery conditions both sides passed the ball around well but eventually the two divison gap between the sides told and Saints ran out 7-1 winners.

Goals came from Craig Wedderburn, James Drummond, Barry Sibanda, Graeme Port, Matthew Morgan, Kamil Kadela and Sam Buchan as the whole squad were given a run out.

Saturday should see Saints travel to Hill Of Beath for a Super League game, the fixture succumbed to gale force winds when it was scheduled before Christmas.

Both sides have agreed that if the game is doubtful due to the pitch at Keirs Park then they may try and switch the game to Recreation Park as both sides face tough Scottish Cup ties next week.

Kick off will be 1.30pm but supporters are asked to check the website, Twitter and Facebook for up to date information.

Rivals Tayport slipped to a fifth consecutive Super League defeat last Saturday and a disastrous five minute spell early in the second half proved to be their downfall.

Saturday’s hosts Newtongrange Star scored three quickfire goals around the hour mark, to leave Dave Baikie’s men reeling.

Baikie said: “At half-time, the players were reminded about keeping the concentration level high, but we just didn’t re-group after losing the opening goal.

“Again, things didn’t go our way, as we should have been awarded a free kick.”