Fifers continue great start the year with 3-0 win

Fraser Mullen is mobbed after rifling home a third.

Fraser Mullen is mobbed after rifling home a third.

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East Fife’s 2015 record now reads two wins, two draws and no defeats as Gary Naysmith’s men look to muscle into the promotion play-off zone.

It’s a great record and one which the management team of Naysmith and Dougie Anderson deserve credit for.

As does the club’s board for backing the duo throughout January, as there is little doubt the business completed has pushed East Fife past a 2014 filled with mediocrity and unfulfilled promise.

The departure of Jon McShane, the club’s top scorer, out on loan to Stranraer raised a few eyebrows, but the money freed up has allowed Naysmith to strengthen other areas of the park.

Sean Dickson has hit the ground running and showed again at Links Park what a danger he’ll present to opposition defences.

The winger not only tormented his marker, as he did a few days previous at Cliftonhill, but also showed what a threat he can be in front of goal, netting the game’s opener.

Julen Etxabeguren recovered well from his blip against Albion Rovers to put in another composed performance alongside Jonathan Page.

The two have formed a mean central defensive partnership.

Naysmith’s signings appear to have given the entire squad a boost, with the rejuvenated Nathan Austin and Fraser Mullen playing arguably the best they ever had for East Fife since the turn of the year.

Montrose are a side the Fifers have had a lot of joy against this season and again put them to the sword at the weekend.

The first half was a relatively even affair, with Garry Wood posing a threat for the hosts.

But it was East Fife who headed in at the break a goal up when the impressive Mullen, who seemed to cover every inch of the appalling Links Park artificial surface, sent an inch perfect cross for Dickson to nod home.

The Fifers brought on Nathan Austin and Alan Cook at the break with both having a big impact on the rest of the game.

Austin built on his decent performance on Tuesday night when his dangerous header into the box picked out Ross Brown who had little difficulty finishing from a couple of yards out.

Cook should have wrapped up the win when he burst through on goal only to drag his effort harmlessly wide of the post.

The well deserved win was sealed, though, late on with the goal of the game.

Brown’s drilled corner was straight into the path of the in-rushing Mullen who rifled home from the edge of the box.