Wednesday, July 21, 2010

East Fife wrapped up their 2010 pre-season last night with a 2-2 draw against Dundee United at Bayview, finishing their pre-season unbeaten in the process.

It's been one of the best pre-seasons I can remember. Not just for the results and the goals tally, but the all round performances to a man and has fair put a spring in my step for the season ahead - something I wasn't expecting a few weeks ago!

With the Fife's 2010/11 season getting underway against Brechin City on Saturday in the Challenge Cup, we're really looking forward to seeing what the season has in store.

The last two pre-season games saw draws with young uns from two SPL sides, Hearts being the others on Saturday, but last night we also held our own with a second string side out there.

Watching from afar, it seems we have the midfield and attack ticking over nicely, but there are still some concerns that we aren't strong enough at the back. Recruiting Stuart Murdoch on loan again from Belle and Sebastian, sorry, Falkirk, should help to plug any holes there though.

The strength of the depth of our squad can also maybe be questioned, but hopefully we won't have too many injuries too early to test this out.

Now I could have come up with who my ideal starting eleven would be from what I've read, but better to go with someone who's been at the pre-season games, so we asked AFTN co-editor KotS to do the honours.

His own personal choice of a starting eleven would be:

Muir / Smart / Ovenstone / Deland
Crawford / Young / S. Murdoch / Tansey

But what he feels Stevie Crawford may go with is:

Durie / Smart / S. Murdoch / Deland
Young / Muir / Sloan / Ovenstone

What's your views? Share them here or on the AFTN Forum.

Can the guys turn their pre-season form into a strong start to the League and the Cup campaigns? That's now the big question.

Brechin will be a tough proposition and have been banging the goals in themselves in pre-season.

Roll on Saturday. Then we can all find out!


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