Sunday, March 13, 2011

East Fife made it four games unbeaten as they trounced Forfar Athletic 3-0 at Bayview yesterday.

The win saw the Fife make it ten points out of the last twelve available since AFTNgate broke on March 1st. You're welcome! (obviously we're just kidding!)

It was an even, end to end opening but the game changer came early. The 13th minute to be exact, when Forfar's Jamie Bishop saw red for a bad sliding tackle on Matthew Park. Some may argue he was hard done to, but hey, who cares about that as it gave us the huge advantage for the remainder of the game.

And the Fife grabbed that opportunity with both hands.

The Loons held firm for 20 minutes before captain Stevie Hislop broke their resistance and fired the Fife into the lead after some great build up work down the wing from Bobby Linn.

The half had a lively finish with ex Fifer Chris Templeman heading inches wide for Forfar and the Fife responding with a Park effort that crashed off the bar.

Forfar defended resolutely after the interval, but the Fife's patient build up play finally paid dividends with sixteen minutes remaining.

It was a slightly unusual goal, as it was a low drive from Jonny Smart and not one of his trademark headers that added East Fife's second. They all count and with the Fife now two goals to the good, the Bayview faithful could relax.

Bobby Linn added a third with just minutes remaining, firing home from close range after Lloyd Young's effort had been deflected off the post.

3-0, three points and another good all round team performance. Just what you wanted to warm your heart in the snowy gloom.

The win kept East Fife in 5th spot in the Second Division with ten games remaining. That's a ten point cushion on the relegation play-off place, which is currently occupied by Stenhousemuir, and eleven clear of Peterhead at the bottom. Our incredible goal difference is also worth another point.

We don't want to tempt fate but I'm pretty confident that we're now safe and that we've eased any relegation fears. In fact, we can still harbour faint hopes of making the promotion play-offs.

There's no doubting that we're the current form team in the League. A bad run by any of the three teams above us, may just let us in.

Whether we could hold our own in the First Division is a debate to have on another day, but a top three finish in particular would please me as my twenty quid each way bet on us would pay me something out!

Having something to play for is key for us for the remainder of the season. We need to keep the fans engaged and we need to get them coming through the gates and giving the Club some much needed income.

Who knows where these last ten games may see us. Could be a fun ride.

Mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 3 - 0 Forfar Athletic

EAST FIFE: Brown, McGowan, Ovenstone, Smart, McCulloch, Young (Newbigging 90), Muir, Park, Johnstone, Hislop, Linn [Subs Not Used: Lyness, Durie, Fagan, Cargill]

ATT: 469

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