Fifers keep up play-off chase

METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Stirling; DAVID MUIR SCORES, but not allowed. Foul given to Stirling.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Stirling; DAVID MUIR SCORES, but not allowed. Foul given to Stirling.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

IT IS now one down and two to go for East Fife as the promotion play-off hunt really heats up.

Boss Gordon Durie last week spoke of a need to win the remaining three league fixtures, and the Methil men went some way to achieving that by seeing off Stirling Albion on Saturday.

The 1-0 win was far from easy, as Stirling, battling for their Division Two survival, were only beaten off by a last-minute Ryan Wallace penalty.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, boss Durie said: “We started off pretty well and could have gone into the lead early on.

“Ryan Wallace had a wee chance but, after that, it quietened down a bit and we began to think it was going to be one of those days.”

Striker Wallace, who was this week confirmed as one of the nominees for the Division Two player of the year, did eventually break the deadlock to put East Fife level on points with Airdrie United and Stenhousemuir.

With two games remaining, any slip-up now would see any hopes of reaching the play-offs dashed.

Durie’s men make the journey west at the weekend to take on Airdrie in what will be an absolutely crucial clash.

The manager added: “I’m sure everybody will be looking forward to the game now.

“I said to the players that all I could ask of them was to make sure we were going into the game still with a chance, and we’ve done that.

“We have two massive games now and there is still a lot to play for.

“Our away form has been better than our home form this season, which is just one of these things.

“But it doesn’t matter to us where we’re playing the game.”

East Fife will welcome back Darren Smith on Saturday after he missed the Stirling game because of work commitments.

There are no other concerns over availability.

Meanwhile, the club has paid tribute to lifelong supporter and club volunteer, Jim Berry, who passed away recently.