United focus again on league action

Robbie Holden - St Andrews United.
Robbie Holden - St Andrews United.

St Andrews United look to put last week’s exit from the Scottish Junior Cup behind them as they travel to Perth to take on Jeanfield Swifts at Riverside Park.

The Saints management team will be forced in to changes brought about by a serious injury to boss Phil McGuire, and have been busy all week looking to bring players in.

At the time of going to press, negotiations were still ongoing with new recruits.

Jeanfield were among the favourites to be at the top of the table under Gavin Price at the start of the season.

However, the Perth side lost Price to the assistant’s job at Elgin City when Jim Weir was appointed.

Andy Heggie came in but results have been very up and down, with Swifts now finding themselves in tenth place, eight points behind United.

Former Swift Robbie Holden said: “It will be good to return to my old club.

“Danny, Paddy and myself have all had success there in the past.

“They still have aspirations of promotion and have a squad capable of doing just that so we will be in for a very tough game but we are looking to bounce back from last weeks disappointment in the cup”.

Assistant manager Stevie Kowbel added that the club was disappointed to have lost their cup tie, but the run showed Saints were well capable of competing at the top end of the junior game.

He added: “Sadly Saturday was not our day and our overall level of performance was below the standards we have set and collectively demand of each other.

“Saturday is a time for us all to show leadership and stand up and be counted.

“The message, as always, will be to work hard on keeping possession of the ball whilst dictating the tempo as we prepare for a return to league action against Jeanfield Swifts who are responding well to their new management.

“Our Perth contingent, with several ex ‘Jeanie’ players in the ranks, will be desperate to secure the points.”