Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Well now we know. If we want East Fife's players to turn in a top notch performance and show the heart of lions we need the game to be played in driving torrential rain, howling wind and Baltic blizzard and wintry conditions.

The brave 213 people that turned up at Bayview tonight were treated to an excellent performance in some of the worst football watching conditions anyone can remember. How the game was on, never mind finished, will still be a mystery to some. The match along the road at Cowdenbeath was abandoned after just 18 minutes because of heavy snow, whilst five others across Scotland were postponed.

You wouldn't really think you'd have to worry about such things as we approach April!

Thankfully the game did make it all the way through though and a goal in each half courtesy of a John Ovenstone header and a Paul McManus penalty, along with a spectaculat penalty save from Michael Brown, gave East Fife a 2-0 victory.

The victory moved the Fife up to 7th and gave them a five point safety net from the relegation playoff. It was the manner of the victory that impressed though.

Both teams deserve credit for trying to play football in the horrendous conditions, with the Fife keeping the ball down and trying to play football. Aerial football was really a no go though with the conditions.

East Fife's defence in particular were immense and although the whole team showed a spirit, unity and fight that has been lacking recently, I would have to say that player-boss Stevie Crawford led by example and turned in a performance worthy of a player ten years younger.

For the first time in weeks the players looked proud to be playing for the famous jersey and the fans were proud to watch them.

With five games left, six points should see us safely stay up, probably less. Three of the last four games away from home could come into play though so let's hope the boys can continue the good form into this weekend and do the business against the League leaders Alloa. It's a big ask, but I wouldn't put anything past them. It's been one of those seasons!

C'mon the Fife.

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