Methil men look to build on recent improvement

Scott Smith chases down Faissel El Bahktoui.
Scott Smith chases down Faissel El Bahktoui.

Arbroath’s stunning start to the season may have taken some by surprise, but not East Fife assistant boss Dougie Anderson.

Allan Moore’s side, who were relegated from League One along with East Fife last season, have taken maximum points from their four league games played.

Arbroath, who the Fifers will travel to play on Saturday, were largely friendless in the pre-season title betting - but have turned the tables on that by making a faultless start to the season.

Anderson knows that his side are in for a tricky time at Gayfield.

“They’ve made a good start and for me it hasn’t been a surprise,” said Anderson.

“It’s always tricky up there and Allan Moore has recruited well.

“They’re always a strong team so it’ll be a hard game but one we’ll look forward to.

“It was good to get the victory against East Stirling and we carried on that performance against Dunfermline, although we didn’t get the result.

“I’m looking forward to the game. We’ll give them the respect they deserve, but over the past couple of games there are a lot of positives we can take.”

At the weekend the Fifers played a re-arranged Fife Cup tie with Dunfermline, going down 2-1 to their Kingdom rivals.

East Fife, though, competed well against the League One title favourites, with Anderson again seeing plenty of positives.

“Overall I thought we played really, really well,” said the East Fife assistant.

“In the first half we had five or six good opportunities and Nathan Austin and Kevin Smith were a real handful for Dunfermline.

“In midfield Fraser Mullen came in and looked comfortable so that’s a real positive.” The Fifers have signed Matty Allan on loan from Dundee.

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