Sunday, October 18, 2009

East Fife went down to the odd goal in five at Brechin City yesterday but it could have easily been three points going back to Methil if the luck had been going the Fifers way a little.

In saying that, at the other end goalkeeper Stewart Baillie produced another excellent display to keep the score down to three, so it's hard to be too disappointed.

The loss saw East Fife drop a place to 6th in the table, but with it being a great weekend for the sides below them, we now sit just one point of bottom place, with goals from open play being hard to come by and confidence lacking amongst the young side.

With next Saturday's opponents, Stenhousemuir, one of the four teams below the Fife, a win next week is vital. It's a bit early in the season to say that a game has huge implications for the final outcome of the season, but this game isn't far off it.

I feel a loss and a drop into the relegation zone, or even bottom spot, could be hard for the team to overcome and whether the team has the stomach for a relegation battle may soon be really tested.

Stevie Crawford has his work cut out for him but he still has the backing of the fans, at least for now. Most fans are hoping for a raid on the transfer market come the January window, but the worrying thing is that if we don't start turning things round soon, that might be too late.

It may be only October, but next Saturday is already crucial.

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