East Fife’s winless run goes on but there was ground for optimism in this performance.
Yes the home side would have been expected to see of Montrose on their own patch but, having been beaten in their last three games, the most important thing was that run was halted.
It wasn’t stopped with the emphatic win the Fife fans hoped for, but more of a workman like draw on an afternoon when the home side were again guilty of being wasteful in front of goal.
For 35 minutes the game was pretty much a non-event until Jamie Insall handed the Fifers the lead.
A neat passing move on the edge of the Mo box saw an opening created for the on-loan Hibs striker and he made no mistake, firing past Jordan Millar.
After recent results it was a goal and a lead the Fifers have long craved - but it lasted barely five minutes.
The visitors went up the park and East Fife were unable to clear their lines.
A loose ball broke nicely for Gary Fraser who gave Darren Hill no chance from close range.
The goal cracked the game into life with both sides believing they had enough about them to grab the match’s third counter.
It never arrived, but that wasn’t for the lack of trying.
Inspired by the impressive Kyle Wilkie, East Fife kept up the pressure on the Montrose goal.
Nathan Austin should have done better when afforded a clear sight of goal.
At the other end Fraser wasted a decent one on one opportunity before Graham Webster’s drive crashed off the post.
Austin had another chance to win the game with a nice lob which also came back off the base of the post.
Bayview boss Gary Naysmith said: “When you create as many chances as we did then you have to score more than one goal.
“And at the same time we’ve limited them to maybe two or three efforts at goal so that has to be a clean sheet.
“We had nine shots on target so we have to score more.”