East Fife 1-0 Berwick Rangers

East Fife boss Gary Naysmith.
East Fife boss Gary Naysmith.

It wasn’t pretty but East Fife managed to grind out the win which keeps them in touch with the promotion play-off zone.

A second half Nathan Austin goal was all that separated the sides in a game which won’t live long in the memory.

The first half was a non-event, with the second not much better.

But all that matters is that the three points remained at Bayview and Gary Naysmith’s side remain on the shoulders of the top four.

Chances were at a premium throughout the game with a Jason Kerr strike that came back off the post the best the opening half had to offer.

Austin headed East Fife into the lead just a couple of minutes into the second 45 when he met a Kyle Wilkie cross.

The ball took its time before crossing the line, first rebounding off both posts.

From there the Fifers looked in control and held out for what was a deserved three points.

Gaffer Naysmith said: “I thought we dealt with Berwick quite comfortably.

“I was a bit surprised at how defensive they were for a team which had won their last two games and if they had beaten us went within a point.

“But that worked out fine for us because it game myself and Jason Kerr a lot of the ball at the back.

“There’s no doubt we deserved the win.

“Yes we can play better but I said to the players last week that you can’t only pick up points when you’re playing well and you have the performances like Stirling away and Berwick at home.

“If we want to get promoted or into the play-offs we have to win when we’re not at the top of our game and that’s what happened.

“We looked solid and it’s a clean sheet.

“It was important that we got the three points.”