Fifers will take the polish off on-form Diamonds

East Fife scorer Liam Buchanan starts an attack.
East Fife scorer Liam Buchanan starts an attack.

East Fife will be going all out to end Airdrieonians’ good run of league form and force them deep into the relegation mix when they meet on Saturday.

That’s according to Methil boss Gary Naysmith who says he knows exactly what’s at stake when Gary Bollan’s men visit.

The Fifers were unlucky to leave Ochilview on Saturday with just a point as a late Eddie Malone equaliser ensured a share of the spoils after Liam Buchanan’s opener.

Bollan’s side have really picked up since his arrival at the Excelsior Stadium.

They are currently on a four game unbeaten run and sit just four points behind Naysmith’s men in the league’s relegation play-off spot.

However, a win for Naysmith’s side on Saturday will give the Fifers a nice cushion.

The Methil boss said: “It’s going to be a difficult game because Airdrie have picked up a good bit of form and are one of the form teams out of the bottom five just now.

“But it’s a game we need to look to try to win.

“If we can beat them and push them further away from us then that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.”

Naysmith has revealed that the East Fife squad have shown their determination to him to pull away from the wrong end of the table by putting in the extra hours at training.

Typically part-time sides such as East Fife train twice a week, but the determined Methil men will be making it three.

“The lads will be in an extra night this week to train,” said the boss.

“The players have bought into that as it gives us an extra day to prepare.

“It’ll be good as well for the players who are injured as it’ll give them an extra night to get treatment and see who we have available.”

Steven Campbell and Joe Mbu both suffered injuries during East Fife’s draw at the weekend.