Saturday, December 12, 2009

Match Report: Dumbarton v East Fife (Scottish Div 2)

It's getting a bit boring now. Whether you want to describe it as a rollercoaster of a season or a bit stop/start, it's just hard to try and make it seem interesting and different every week.

East Fife recorded a 3-0 win today, with a fine performance and the last two terrible games are nearly a distant memory - until the next loss I'm sure.

The win keeps East Fife third bottom but only three points of the last playoff spot in fourth.

Dumbarton hasn't proved to be a particulalry happy hunting ground for East Fife for years now. Both their previous ground of Boghead and their current Strathclyde Homes Stadium has far too unhappy memories for me than I care to share and that includes the heavy handed security we've had to endure at the latter.

Today though, the only thing that looked like it might stop the Fife juggernaut was the fog, but thankfully it didn't get too dense before we dispatched the Sons with what was a pretty controlled and assured performance.

Fife boss Stevie Crawford wasn't afriad to ring the changes with new signing Steven Campbell and one month Dundee United loan signing Keith Watson coming in to shore up the defence. With another loanee, Mark Ridgers returing to Hearts (where he was on the bench today), Michael Brown returned between the sticks and the defensive changes seemed to do the trick with the first clean sheet for a few weeks.

Watson, in particular, looked sharp and he linked up well with Lloyd Young after 37 minutes to make the first goal, gleefully dispatched by the ever reliable Paul McManus to give the Fife a deserved half time lead.

Jonny Smart got his name back on the Fife scoresheet eight minutes into the second half to double the Fife advantage with the goal of the afternoon, a spectacular overhead kick.

It took until the last minute for East Fife to add a third but it was worth the wait, with David Muir putting away Paul Sludden's dangerous cross.

The result was the pre Christmas cheer that the Fife faithful were looking for, but it's important that we build on this and not continue with our win one, lose one season so far.

We're still in both a promising position and a mess! That's going to be the league till May I think. To be honest, I'm just looking for avoiding relegation. I don't want us to go up as we're not in a position as a Club to handle this and it would be an unmitigated disaster and actually destroy all the work that's been getting done with youth and trying to get the numbers back up.

We'll just have to see where we go to now though. This time next week it might be all doom and gloom again, so we should really enjoy this result to the fullest!

C'mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: Dumbarton 0 - 3 East Fife

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