Saturday, November 13, 2010

Watching East Fife from afar isn't easy. Mind you, watching them first hand isn't at the best of times either.

Waking up this morning to find your team two goals up, the opposition reduced to ten men and only minutes remaining is a nice feeling.

Checking back in moments later to find your team has then somehow managed to draw 2-2 just gets your weekend off to the worse possible start. At least I didn't have to leave the comfort of my living room to suffer the anger and anguish of the defeat.

It's no revelation that our defence has been shocking at times this season but to squander a two goal lead to ten men with three minutes remaining has to go down as a new low.

The Fife fans who made the hellishly long journey north should have their expenses reimbursed.

Seemingly coasting after goals from Kurtis Byrne and Craig Johnstone, either side of the Blue Toon's Paul Emslie receiving his marching orders ten minutes into the second half, East Fife managed to blow it big time.

John Robertson and Gordon Durie must be wondering just what the hell they've gotten themselves in to.

Full marks to ten man Peterhead for the spirited fightback though. Martin Bavidge's 87th minute strike must have seemed like scant consolation for an afternoon to forget, after East Fife had dominated without taking their chances and killing the game off.

Stuart Anderson's 35 yard screamer in the final minute though was just something else on all levels.

Michael Brown had no chance with the shot. I don't think any goalkeeper would have to be fair. It should never have come to this of course.

So we're back to the inconsistancy that cost us so dear both last season and so far this one too. Robbo needs to get some of his contacts going to plug these holes and get us some players that can also take the chances afforded to them. With two former internationals at the helm, surely that can only lead to good things in the player department.

Of course they still then have to play as a committed, cohesive and hungry team. That's where our big gap is currently.

Well at least I'll get to see the next two games up close and personal. What the hell is going to lie in store for me? Cup glory? Taking Ayr to the races? Or just a belated Halloween horror show.

We know to expect the unexpected as East Fife fans. That doesn't make it more palatable though.

C'mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: Peterhead 2 - 2 East Fife

EAST FIFE: Brown, Durie, Campbell, Smart, Ovenstone, Linn, Sloan, Muir, Johnstone, Hislop, Byrne (Crawford 76) [Subs Not Used: Collier, Murdoch, Young, Tansey]

ATT: 594

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