Tayport go back on the points hunt

Tayport are put under some late pressure by Downfield
Tayport are put under some late pressure by Downfield

Tayport are scheduled to travel to the Fair City tomorrow to meet Jeanfield Swifts at the Riverside Stadium with East Premier League points up for grabs.

The Canniepairt outfit lost their place at the top of the table last weekend when Edinburgh United took advantage of Tayport being on cup business, to beat St Andrews United and move three points clear.

Dave Baikie’s troops are very much in the mix though and will be looking for a sixth successive win in all competitions tomorrow afternoon.

Last Saturday’s victory was against Downfield, in an inter-regional cup and manager Baikie was glad to see his side progress without being at their best.

“We made life difficult for ourselves,” said the gaffer.

“We raced to a two-goal lead and were looking comfortable but then we gave Downfield a lifeline.

“All told, we didn’t play particularly well and I was disappointed that we couldn’t build on our two-goal lead.

“We did show a good level of fitness though and our work on that front came to the fore.”

The boss was quick to emphasise that his team has shown good battling qualities over the past few weeks to keep their run going and will be hoping for more of the same against the Swifts.

Jeanfield were also on cup duty last weekend, going down 4-1 in a Scottish Junior Cup replay at home to Lesmahagow.

In the league, Jeanfield will have an eye on promotion and have won four of their six home fixtures to date.

A few former Tayport players could be in the Jeanfield line-up, notably Ross Gunnion, who was an integral member of the ’Port team during a trophy-laden spell in the 2000s.

In terms of team news, Stefan Elvin made his first start for a few weeks against Downfield and he should keep his midfield berth tomorrow.

There may also be a place for veteran midfielder Allan Ramsay, who came off the bench last Saturday.

Included in the squad will be youngster Aaron Kane, who signed up last week.

Kane spent much of his teenage years with Dundee United and, more recently, had been playing for Forfar Athletic’s under 19s.

Kick-off at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow is at 1.45pm.