No let up in East Fife’s long and winding road

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East Fife boss Gary Naysmith has called for a re-think on midweek cup fixtures after his club was handed a gruelling trip to Brora Rangers.

The Methil men will continue their life on the road when they travel almost 200 miles north on Tuesday, August 19 on Petrofac Training Cup duty.

While Naysmith says he is supportive of Brora’s inclusion in the cup, the manager admits the headaches it will pose his part-time side could be avoided.

He said: “I don’t have a problem with the cup being regionalised but I don’t think there should be a case when a part-time club has to travel five hours to play a game during the week.

“The players may have to take Tuesday off their work and Wednesday as well because they won’t get back until maybe four or five in the morning.

“So they’ll be losing two days money and the club can’t give them the money to make that up.

“It’s something that I think needs to be looked at.

“I’m glad that Brora are in the cup, and I’m looking forward to the experience, but surely we can fit it into a weekend.”

The Fifers have been clocking up the miles already this season, travelling to Stranraer on cup duty last Saturday ahead of this weekend’s trip north to face Elgin.

But boss Naysmith is relishing the chance to get the new league season started and set about plotting East Fife’s return up a division.

He said: “We took Stranraer through to 90 minutes, beat Forfar and also drew with quite a strong Hibs team in between that.

“We’re going to be without Kevin Smith through suspension, not from Saturday’s game, but from the season before.

“There are also a couple of niggles and knocks but we’ll be back into training and get ready to go.”

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