Fifers heading the right way

METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Arbroath ; ANDREW COOK'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Arbroath ; ANDREW COOK'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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BAYVIEW boss John Robertson says he saw enough quality in his side during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Arbroath to convince him they can get back into the play-off mix.

The Fifers still have hopes of ending the season inside the league’s top four but currently sit just three points above Forfar, who are propping up the league - albeit with games in hand over some teams.

Manager Robertson hailed his side’s second-half performance against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup last week and reckoned they went on to build on that against the Red Lichties.

He told the Mail: “Nobody should be disappointed with that performance and, if we can play like that until the end of the season, there’s no doubt we will get to where we want to be, which is the play-off positions.

“I thought we were terrific.

“We were sharp, first to every ball and scored a good opening goal.

“We told the players the main threat that Arbroath have is their set-plays, and then Michael Brown took a man off a post for a corner, which he shouldn’t have done.

“But we went ahead again with a wonderful goal from Steven Hislop and then created two, three or four great chances.

“They brought their quality players off the bench and showed they’re not second in the league for nothing.

“But Scott Durie still had a chance for us, although he maybe shouldn’t have taken a touch when the ball came to him.”

With the transfer window currently open, the Bayview revolving door has seen some further action this week.

Following on from the arrivals of Darren McCormack and Neil Janczyk last week, the club has announced the departure of midfielder Lloyd Young.

Young, winner of the East Fife Mail player of the year award in 2010, has signed on at Montrose, where he had been on loan over the past couple of weeks.

A statement published on East Fife’s official website read: “The club would like to thank Lloyd sincerely for his efforts on behalf of the club during his time at Bayview. We wish you all the very best, Lloyd.”

This weekend, East Fife travel to Stirling Albion, who have seen a resurgence in form under interim manager, and former East Fife captain, Greig McDonald.

Both Darren Smith and David Muir missed Saturday’s game against Arbroath with back injuries they suffered at Falkirk, although the duo should be in contention.

Scott Dalziel completed his comeback from injury with a substitute appearance on Saturday, while the rearranged home game with Albion Rovers is on January 24 at 7.45pm.