Joy of six as Fifers’ season finally starts

Andrew Collier
Andrew Collier

Gordon Chisholm hopes East Fife’s confidence will now soar, along with their position in the Second Division table, after overseeing them grab their first league win of the season on Saturday.

Chisholm, currently standing in as gaffer while Gordon Durie continues to recover from illness, told the Mail he was particularly pleased with his attackers in the 6-2 victory.

Livingston loanee Bobby Barr notched one, as did Paul McManus, and Gareth Wardlaw and Jamie Pollock both grabbed doubles.

“That’s our season starting now,” Chisholm said.

“I feel more confident going into games. There was a couple of weeks there where I was disappointed, to say the least, and I think the support was too.

“You have to remember we have four boys in on loan and boys coming back from injury, so it’s just upset the start of the season.

“Hopefully on Saturday, the team showed what they are capable of, as I don’t think there is any doubt there is ability there. I thought they were first class.

“It’s a difficult place to go. They haven’t been beaten there, so I’m really pleased for the strikers to get on the scoresheet and for us to score six goals.

“Confidence is a big thing in football – you get into habits – so to go down there, play well and score a few goals will bring a bit of belief to the boys.”

While pointing to the likes of Barr, Pollock, McManus and Wardlaw being able to supply goals, Chisholm did add he will be looking to tighten up at the other end, ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Stenhousemuir.

He continued: “That’s a thing we will be working on this week in training.

“One or two of the goals of recent times have been soft.

“It will be a difficult game at Stenhousemuir but I just hope they’ve realised that, when they apply themselves, they have the ability.”

The return from injury of Michael Brown may help bring a stability to the defence but Saturday is likely to be too early for the ‘keeper.

Andrew Collier will once again deputise, despite also struggling.

He continues not to be able to train and has been taking painkillers to see himself through matches.

Meanwhile the draw for the third round of the Scottish Cup was made on Monday.

East Fife were paired up with Elgin City and face an away trip to Borough Briggs on November 3. But with Saturday’s result seeing the Fifers climb off the foot of the table, Chisholm’s focus for now remains completely on the league.

He said: “I would rather be at home than travelling up to Elgin for what will be a difficult game. We will look at it nearer the time.”

Finally, the stand-in manager said Gordon Durie’s health is progressing fine, but reiterated he won’t be forcing him to rush back.

He added: “He seems to be getting stronger by the day.

“We’re not putting any dates on when he will be back, but he is certainly sounding much stronger and he just has to go with what the doctor says.”