Sunday, September 27, 2009

Match Report: East Fife v Clyde (Scottish 2nd Division)

It's felt like a long time coming but East Fife finally returned to winning ways yesterday, recording their first victory since the opening day of the season.

Four 1-1 draws and last week's heavy defeat at Stirling have followed that opening win against Brechin at Bayview and many fans were despondent following last week's performance at Forthbank.

Clyde are toiling this season, following relegation and financial woes. This was an important game for the Fife. A win was a must if we weren't to think of ourselves being involved in a bottom of the table dogfight - at least for now. No disrespect to the Bully Wee, but if we couldn't take anything from this game then that was the sign to worry.

Thankfully Stevie Crawford's men delivered the three points. Like pulling a fat girl on a Saturday night, it wasn't pretty but got the job done.

The only goal of the game came very early doors. Five minutes in to be precise when Guy Kerr headed home Aaron Conway's corner. There wasn't a lot more to talk about for the rest of the game in all honesty. The Fife had a penalty appeal denied in the second half and Clyde had a couple of chances but debutant keeper Stewart Baillie was in fine form for the black and gold.

AFTN will take some of the credit for the win of course. The forum has been rife since last Saturday's defeat with advice to the Craw from the fans as to what changes he should make. He clearly listened, avid reader of it as he is!

The two main changes most were looking for were the dropping of Michael Brown in goals and the gaffer himself. Stevie duly obliged, along with some other changes, and it was a very youthful team that took the field but that also took the honours.

Baillie had an excellent game. A couple of good saves and some strong kicking showing the Fife fans what they've waited all season to see so far from the former Junior who came to Bayview highly recommended.

Bob Campbell has to be particularly singled out for his performance again this week. He's going to be one hell of a player for us and has a sweet right foot that will find him on the scoresheet several times this season, of that I have no doubt.

With the likes of Nipper Thompson, Goran Stanic and Bobby Linn waiting to return to the side, it's going to be a bit of a headache for Stevie C in picking next week's team. For that we should all be grateful, as we continue to make inroads and find our top form this season.

I still think mid table respectability is going to be our fruit for the season, but if we can sneak one of the playoff places then it'll be a huge achievement. What we need to do now is to build on the guys confidence and put a string of results together. After that, who knows.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 1 - 0 Clyde

ATT: 697

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