Tuesday, February 15, 2011

East Fife are like some sort of reverse Chumbawumba at the moment. We get up and then we get knocked down again.

I don't know why we bother even trying to be optimistic. We get our hopes raised then East Fife turn in a performance like tonight's shattering all that built up confidence as they send themselves back into the Scottish Second Division relegation mix. Incredible.

Taking a look at the AFTN forum right now would leave you calling the Samaritans right after. I think some of our support are already in the queue.

In our second big season defining game in the space of four days, East Fife went down at home to fellow strugglers Dumbarton. It was a comfortable 3-1 win for the Sons and one which saw them leapfrog the Fife and send us back into the relegation playoff spot, in front of a pitifully low crowd of just 392.

It could have been different had Bobby Linn converted a Bobby Linn penalty late on, but I'm not sure that even that would have given us the push that we needed to grab at least a point.

We said on Saturday that the turning point then was an early enforced substitution. This worked in a positive way, but this time it was the opposite. When Robert Sloan was forced off after just 8 minutes, we seemed to lose all ability to create and attack.

Patrick Walker and Mark Gilhaney fired Dumbarton ahead after 17 and 23 minutes. Michael Park pulled one back just before half time for the Fife but the teams should have been going in level if he'd converted another easy chance.

Andrew Geggan wrapped up the points on 55 but it was never that much in doubt.

We still have games in hand, but I'd rather have points in the bag. Our already stretched squad will struggle to cope with what feels like a never ending two games a week schedule.

It's still incredible to see that we're sitting second bottom with the fourth best goal difference in the Division and the only team in the bottom sixth with a plus record. If we keep showing the lack of fire like we did tonight then that's not going to be lasting too much longer.

Who'd be an East Fife fan?

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 1 - 3 Dumbarton

EAST FIFE: Brown, Durie, McCulloch, Ovenstone, McGowan, Muir, Linn, Young, Sloan (Fagan 8), Hamilton (Hislop 63), Park (Johnstone 63) [Subs Not Used: Lyness, Smart]

ATT: 392


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