East Fife ace plans to show Blue Brazil no mercy

Nathan Austin is mobbed after scoring against Stirling on Saturday. Pic: George McLuskie
Nathan Austin is mobbed after scoring against Stirling on Saturday. Pic: George McLuskie
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Scott Mercer says nobody at Bayview will be taking their foot off the pedal when Cowdenbeath visit on Fife Cup business this weekend.

The tournament certainly lacks the prestige of decades gone by, but the Fife defender says the tie presents a perfect opportunity for the Bayview squad.

It’s a game we want to go and win. It’ll be a good test for us

Mercer reckons it’s a chance for the Fifers to show they have what it takes to compete with a League One side.

He said: “It’s a game that we want to go and win, it’s not one that we’ll be half hearted about.

“It’s a challenge for us because they’re a league above us and gives us the chance to showcase what we can do and how we can battle with the boys in that league.

“Cowdenbeath are struggling a bit this season and have brought in a lot of new boys but they’ll still test us to the limit.”

The tie is brought around because of the international break and gives East Fife a rest from league business.

At the weekend the Fifers went into their game with Stirling Albion as the division’s leaders.

But they were unable to see off a Binos side which ground out a deserved 1-1 draw.

“We should have been a few more goals up at half time because we had played well,” said Mercer.

“The second half just wasn’t good enough and the boys all know that, myself included.

“They were the first to every second ball in the second half and we needed to be tighter and a lot sharper.

“We gave the ball away too often.

“It was a game of two halves and they had the better of the second.

“We were flying in the first half and should have put the game to bed.

“A second goal would have killed it.”