East Fife make the trip to Forthbank on Boxing Day and there’s a lot to be envious about Stirling Albion’s current run of form.
While East Fife are without a win since the middle of November, Binos have racked up three on the bounce, including Saturday’s win over league leaders Annan.
But when the two meet over the festive season, Gary Naysmith is determined the form tables will be reversed.
After an impressive start to the season, the Fifers have lost their way some what in recent weeks.
They dropped two points at home on Saturday to Montrose but there were signs that the side is beginning to create openings in front of goal once again.
This has given Naysmith confidence ahead of the Boxing Day encounter.
He said: “Dougie Anderson has more experience of part-time football than me and he was quite confident that once we got the players back into a full settled week of training we’d be a different team.
“Although we’re not playing at the heights we were earlier in the season, there are signs of improvement from the last couple of weeks.
“The chances came for us again.
“We just need to keep working away.
“The lads will train on Tuesday at Bayview and then on Thursday we’ve managed to get Spartans’ ground on Christmas eve.
“So we’ll train on Christmas eve ahead of going to play Stirling who are the form team.
“But somebody has to beat them and we’ll go there and have a think about how we’re going to play.
“The only thing I’m negative about from the Montrose game is the result.
“We could have done better with some things but at the end of the day the results haven’t been good enough recently and we need to start picking up points.”
Saturday’s visit of Montrose gave the Fifers, on paper, a chance to grab a win that has been eluding them for some weeks.
But Mo had held Annan to a draw during the week and had a quiet confidence about them.
Despite that, Naysmith knows the Fifers need to be more ruthless in front of goal.
He said: “We’ve been here so many times before, we just can’t miss the chances we’ve missed.
“He won’t mind me saying it because I named him in the changing room but Fash (Nathan Austin) has to score his chances.
“There was one when he was on the goalie a couple of yards out and that needs to go in the net. If we go 2-1 up we go on to win comfortably.
“But as it was, things were getting edgy and one of their lads has hit a great shot from 30 yards which I was grateful didn’t go in.
“I’m hugely disappointed for everyone.
“For myself, for the players and for the fans that somehow we came out of the game not winning.
“We had good quality from Fraser Mullen’s corners and Jonathan Page has won every one.
“Someone else hit the bar, Fash had a couple of chances and we hit the woodwork again.
“So when you create that many chances you have to score more than one goal.
“At the same time when we’re limiting them to two or three efforts on goal and that has to be a clean sheet.”