League One survival is back in our own hands

Nathan Austin thanks his goal's creator Kevin Smith.
Nathan Austin thanks his goal's creator Kevin Smith.

The reward for back to back away wins over Dunfermline and Forfar is having East Fife’s league safety back in the club’s own hands.

That’s according to Bayview boss Gary Naysmith who watched on as the Methil men secured a 2-1 win on the road for the second week on the bounce.

Like the previous week at East End Park, the Fifers had to come from behind to take the three points from Forfar with Liam Buchanan and Nathan Austin cancelling out Chris Duggan’s opener.

East Fife now have back to back home games to come against Stranraer and Stenhousemuir.

Naysmith said his men can haul others into the relegation mix following their win at the weekend.

“We had two away games in a row and have taken six points so that sets us up for the home games,” said the boss.

“We need to go into these home games and continue this run of points we’ve been taken.

“The win over Forfar has dragged Brechin back into it.

“We have a target now and Airdrie and Brechin are firmly in our sights.

“We have them both to play so in theory we’ve put it back into our own hands.

“Before we were playing catch up and worrying about other results but now it’s about what we do.

“There are five games left for us and if we do what we’ve been doing in the past two games then I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

The Fifers lost Steven Campbell on Saturday with the manager revealing the defender is nursing an injury which is likely to be cleaned up over the summer.

Greg Paterson has joined East Fife’s injury list which still contains the likes of Joe Mbu, Scott McBride and Gary Fisher.

The club has moved to bring in Hearts ‘keeper Jack Hamilton on loan.

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