Tuesday, July 13, 2010

East Fife's fine pre season goalscoring form continued tonight, with Dunfermline Athletic becoming the latest team to suffer a rout from the on form Fifers.

This evening's 4-1 demolition of their local rivals could have been a lot more, as the black and gold created countless chances. The win doesn't quite make up for last season's 7-1 drubbing by the Pars, but it's certainly made us feel a lot better about the coming season ahead.

What was more comforting than the scoreline was the domination of the game by East Fife against a pretty strong Dunfermline side that included what will surely be many of their first team regulars this season.

In all my years of watching us, I can't recollect a better and more productive pre-season. Three games, 16 goals scored and 8 of them by Bobby Linn. That's the same as Spain scored then entire World Cup!

I dunno why the Boaby was so off his game last season but he's certainly back with a bang. He was Man of the Match tonight, closely followed by another very impressive performance from Scott Durie who had two dangerous players in Joe Cardle and David Graham in his pocket for most of the night.

Feet on the ground though. Obviously it's very early days and a 5-1 win against Edinburgh United and a 7-1 win against Selkirk maybe aren't great comparisons for taking on the strengths of say Livingston, but tonight's win against the Pars showed a team that is working hard and get their just rewards.

The Craw has put together a very impressive unit so far, so hats off to him. This is his first real chance to assemble his own team and the early signs are impressive. We've been criticised for the height of our team in recent seasons and this time we have a much smaller and much younger squad. Maybe that's where we've been going wrong all these years. There's certainly a hunger in amongst the entire team.

Can we take this forward into League business though? Even get a win finally against the Rovers in the Cup? Maybe those title odds of 25/1 are starting to look pretty generous! Worth a wee tenner on us I'd say as stranger things have happened!

Realistically though, my goal is still for us to avoid the bottom two spots and show improvement on last year. Playoffs would be an added bonus and then once you're in there, anything can happen.

We can still dream though!

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