Hot-shot Nathan looks to fire down Bully Wee

Nathan Austin is congratulated after breaking the deadlock early on.
Nathan Austin is congratulated after breaking the deadlock early on.
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Nathan Austin helped himself to his first ever senior hat-trick on Saturday and then set his sights on shooting down Barry Ferguson’s Clyde.

Lowland League strugglers Threave Rovers were caught well out of their depth against the Methil men who booked their place in the Scottish Cup third round with a 7-0 win at Bayview.

Attention now returns to League Two business with on-form East Fife preparing to welcome Clyde on Saturday.

Austin said: “We have 10 points out of 12 in the league now and are looking forward to Clyde on Saturday.

“Another three points there and we’ll be climbing right up the table.

“Rangers are coming up soon as well and that’s something we’re looking forward to, but obviously we have to keep our eye on the league and that’s the most important thing because we want to be promoted this season.”

Austin wrapped up his hat-trick before the half-time whistle before eventually being substituted .

“From my point of view it was a good game,” said the striker.

“It’s always hard when you’re the favourites coming into a game like that but I thought we controlled it for most parts and deserved the win.

“I was fine about being taken off.

“A few of the other boys needed minutes and I already had my hat-trick.”

Any hopes that Threave had of causing an upset were never likely, Austin said, with the Fifers giving their opposition every respect in the build up to the game.

“The gaffer kept our preparation exactly the same, “ he said.

“We should win and we did so it was about being professional.”

Scott Smith was substituted early on in the win over Threave and is an injury concern ahead of Saturday’s 1.00p.m. kick off.