Fifers are ready for Forfar challenge

Caolan McAleer was impressive for the Fifers.
Caolan McAleer was impressive for the Fifers.
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Gary Naysmith says his side is ready for the big kick-off and have no fears about welcoming League One Forfar on Saturday.

The Methil boss reckons recent history is on the Fifers’ side against the club’s Petrofac Training Cup opponents.

East Fife will go into the game, the first competitive fixture of the 2014/15 campaign, on a high after recording a 1-0 friendly win over Premiership side Hamilton on Saturday.

The Fifers were due to play a friendly against Leven United as the Mail went to press.

However, the main focus is on East Fife’s return to competitive duty on Saturday.

The boss said: “I went to watch Forfar play Dundee United and they did well.

“They’ve not changed much in their set-up, they still have a lot of experience.

“They’ve added Derek Young and Stephen Husband so when you add that to Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie and big Darren Dods they’re a really tough team.

“It’s probably one of the toughest draws we could have got.

“But we have to take confidence because when we came in last season we beat them the two times we played them.

“It was a nice way for the lads to sign off before that game by beating Hamilton.”

Ross Campbell remains on trial with the Fifers who are also running the rule over former Sheffield United youngster Regan Edridge.

“His CV was put into us so I did a little bit of digging on him,” said Naysmith.

“I still have mates at Sheffield United and they did some digging for me too and said he was well worth a look.

“He came and trained with us and, considering he hadn’t played a game, since May I thought he did fine.

“We’ll go away over the next few days and decide if he’s going to add to the squad because I’ll not be bringing in players for the sake of it.”

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