Fifers prepared for tough Elgin cup tie

Derek Lyle knocks the ball on with Jordon Forster, Scott Durie and Paul Willis watching on.
Derek Lyle knocks the ball on with Jordon Forster, Scott Durie and Paul Willis watching on.
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EAST Fife’s players have been warned of the threat posed by Division Three’s Elgin City before the two clash in Scottish Cup action this weekend.

The Fifers take the long journey north to face Ross Jack’s side who, despite being a division lower, will still offer a stiff test.

That’s according to coach Brian McNaughton, who says he’s taking the City threat seriously.

McNaughton, who once again stood in for Gordon Durie during Sunday’s 1-0 away loss at Queen of the South, said: “I’ve watched Elgin twice and been impressed.

“They are a good young side who have a lot of pace and are capable of putting in some good deliveries.

“We’ll need to be prepared.”

McNaughton told the Mail that boss Durie was expected to meet with his doctor as the Mail went to press yesterday (Tuesday), so was unsure if he’d still be in charge of team affairs this weekend.

He once again praised the players for their efforts for both himself and Bob Malcolm during the uncertain time at the club.

The Fifers crashed in Dumfries, with the coaching staff left frustrated at the manner of the goal which was conceded.

Derek Lyle’s winner came via a set-piece, with McNaughton livid at the poor marking.

He added: “The man who was supposed to be marking the goalscorer was nowhere near him.

“Every week, it’s a problem for us.

“We did ourselves justice in the second half but the first half was just one-way traffic.

“We took a bit of a beating, and didn’t create enough chances.

“For as long as the score remained 1-0, they were a bit nervous and didn’t go forward as much.

“I thought we began to get ourselves back into the game.

“Again, our ‘keeper did very well for us.”

Away from first team matters, East Fife have congratulated youth coach Colin Martin, who has worked to achieve his UEFA advance youth licence.

East Fife will play Burntisland Shipyard on Tuesday, November 6 at Bayview in a Fife Cup tie, which has a 7.30pm kick-off.

Admission prices are £5 for adults and £3 for over-60s and children under 16.