Lack of killer touch haunts Methil men

METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Hamilton; RYAN WALLACE CELEBRATES'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Hamilton; RYAN WALLACE CELEBRATES'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

AN INABILITY to put the opposition to the sword again haunted East Fife as they dropped two points against Brechin.

The home side took an early lead thanks to Ryan Wallace and played well in patches, but were unable to find the vital killer second goal.

Ultimately, this led to John Robertson’s men being sucker-punched by a Jim Lister equaliser.

The manager admitted after the game that a nervousness is creeping into his side’s play and added he’s “desperate” to bag the win that should see a boost in confidence.

Wallace’s goal came after Darren Smith split the Brechin defence with a quality through ball, which allowed the forward time to pick his spot and beat Craig Nelson.

Rob Ogleby hit the side netting as the Fifers tried to nab a second, with Scott Buist and Neil Jancszyk testing Mark Ridgers at the other end.

The Fifers’ first-half showing will have pleased Robertson. However, the visitors upped their game after the break and looked more likely to grab the next goal.

It duly came courtesy of Lister, who was afforded time to drive at the East Fife defence and thump his effort past Ridgers.

Both sides had chances to win the game as it went on, with Matthew Park unlucky with a header while Graham Weir and Lister also tried their luck for Jim Weir’s men.

Following the game, Bayview boss Robertson said: “The result was typical of us at the moment.

“Against Falkirk, then Cowdenbeath and even in patches against Dumbarton, we’re creating some great chances but can’t finish teams off.

“At half-time, we could have been two or three goals up.

“But there’s still this fragility in the side and a nervousness that creeps in.”

East Fife - Ridgers, Durie, Innes, White, Muir, Johnstone (Cook 50), Park, Smith, Linn, Ogleby, Wallace (Dalziel 59). Subs - Brown, Sloan, Hislop.

Brechin City - Nelson, McLean, McLauchlan (Weir 46), Buist, Dunlop, Crawford, Janczyk, Fusco, Smith, Lister, McKenna. Subs - Scott, Brady, King, McManus.

Attendance - 501.

Referee - John McKendrick.

Starcheck ratings - Smith 3 points, Innes 2, Muir 1.

Starcheck table - Ryan Wallace 13, Bobby Linn 11, Scott Durie 7, Michael Brown 6, Rob Ogleby 6, Craig Johnstone 4, Steve Campbell 3, Matthew Park 3, Mark Ridgers 3, Darren Smith 3, Chris Innes 2, John Ovenstone 2, Steve Hislop 1, David Muir 1, Lloyd Young 1.