Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Scottish Second Division got underway with a burst of goals yesterday afternoon and some surprising results.

23 goals in the five matches, including two 3-3 draws, has left AFTN favourites for relegation Forfar sitting top of the table as the first leaders of the season, closely followed by our other tip to fill the bottom two spots, Stenhousemuir, in second. I'm sure it won't be looking like that for long!

East Fife's defensive frailities were exposed by visiting Airdrie United in one of the exciting 3-3 draws, which also showcased our exciting attacking options for this season.

As we've already said from the pre-season and Cup matches, if we can only tighten up the back, even just by a little, then we could have an exciting season on our hands at Bayview. The Kevin Keegan ethos of just scoring one more than the opposition is just what we need right now. I don't care if we have 6-5 games, so long as it's us getting the six!

If we don't do this then we could really be on the wrong end of some hammerings this term.

Stevie Hislop opened the scoring for East Fife on his competitive debut after 30 minutes. Lloyd Young netted on 52 minutes after Scott Gemmill had tied things up for Airdrie two minutes earlier, and then when Bobby Linn got his weekly goal a minute before the hour mark, East Fife should have been coasting at 3-1 and easily seen the game out.

Airdrie's fighting qualities and some pretty bad defending on the Fife's part saw the game level again just eleven minutes later. Poor stuff, but it could have been a lot worse had Gemmill's spot kick just before half time not been saved by East Fife goalie Stewart Baillie.

So a point apiece it finished, but not before David Muir saw a straight red for a last man challenge deep into stoppage time.

The draw has left East Fife in joint fourth spot. Woo, playoffs!

It wasn't just the Second Division for thrills though on Saturday. The Third Division produced 23 goals as well, including a tremendous 5-3 win for Arbroath at Elgin.

Sadly the First Division looks like it won't be as gung ho and will be a more cagey affair, with only 8 goals but some good games by all accounts.

It's always hard to judge from the opening fixtures. So many teams over the years get off to a cracker and then fall away, as we've been guilty off ourselves on more occasions than I care to remember.

If the first round of games is anything to go by however, then we should have a great feast of entertainment on offer in the Scottish lower leagues this season and that's just what the game needs at this point in time.

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