SPFL: Home fan backing has Tapping buzzing for Blue Toon showdown

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2023

After a month on the road, The Spartans are back at home on Saturday afternoon where welcome SPFL 2 league leaders Peterhead to Ainslie Park.

It’s back to back top four clashes for Douglas Samuel’s side with both teams coming into the game looking to bounceback after defeats to fellow play-off spot contenders Stenhousemuir over the last seven days.

One man with his mind set on getting back to winning ways is fans favourite Jordan Tapping. It’s been quite the adventure so far for the talismanic defender who joined in the summer of 2022 with a League and Cup double in his first season that ended in the ultimate prize of promotion to the SPFL.

For Tapping and the Spartans team, its a chance to get back to finally playing at home and build on the standards set thus far.

“We are definitely looking forward to getting back to playing at Ainslie Park and obviously it’ll be a bonus to be doing so in front of our home fans.

“Naturally we’ll be looking to bounceback at the first opportunity after last week’s disappointment at Stenny.   Of course we appreciate it will be a tough game as have the previous two times we’ve played against Peterhead this season so far. That said, we have won both of those up there in the cup and the league but its all about how we perform this Saturday that counts now.”

“The boys have been excellent so far this season and we’re working hard to match the expectations we set ourselves out to achieve at milestone points throughout. We’ve only lost twice, and to the same team, with a late injury time goal and a wild deflection so across the piece I think as a group we should be proud of our performances so far.”

With both Hibs and Hearts not in action this weekend due to the International Break, it is hoped that a bumper crowd will flock to Ainslie Park for this top four clash.  The increase in home support this season has impressed the Spartans defender.

“It’s always good to have a big crowd to play in front of.  It gives you an extra boost to hearing the young team banging the drums and seeing so many new faces coming along to support their local team.  And with it being a big, big game against the league leaders, that 12th man in the stands can make a real big difference.”

Kick-off at Ainslie Park is 3.00pm.  Tickets can be purchased in advance to save time at the turnstiles via Fanbase

If its your first time visiting our ground, here’s a handy guide.

And if you can’t make it to the game, we can bring you live coverage across the UK and the rest of the world this weekend. Our new platform for watching The Spartans online is now live. You can purchase Saturday’s game for an introductory price of just £7.99 via the Spartans FC TV website.

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Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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