Sloppy Fifers still pointless after 2-0 loss.

Nathan Austin is inches away from netting for the Fifers.
Nathan Austin is inches away from netting for the Fifers.
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It’s difficult to know what aspect of this defeat will be more frustrating for Gary Naysmith and his coaching team, the sloppy manner in which they lost two goals or the pitiful amount of chances they created.

It’s a well trodden and overused cliché in football that certain grounds are “difficult places to go”, but in Scottish football terms that’s something which certainly rings true of Albion Rovers and Clifftonhill.

However, while the old ground has certainly seen better days, it would be unfair on Rovers to suggest that the surroundings they find themselves in in anyway contributed to their win on Saturday.

The fact is that Darren Young’s side were absolutely worth their 2-0 win having bossed the game from start to finish.

The Methil side simply could not get going against their hosts.

The really disappointing thing about the game was that the trip west gave East Fife the perfect chance to build on what was a great midweek win in the Petrofac Training Cup at Brora.

But it never looked likely to be the case and, for the second weekend in a row, East Fife found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

A long free-kick wasn’t cleared by the Fifers and former Bayview midfielder Jamie Pollock punished Naysmith’s men by firing home from eight yards.

East Fife could have been level just a few minutes later, though, when Jon McShane’s header at the back post picked out Lewis Barr.

But the young midfielder was unable to shape his body to get a decent strike on goal and his effort dropped harmlessly wide.

That was really it as far as an attacking threat for East Fife.

McShane ploughed a lone furrow up-front but credit also has to go to the hard working Rovers who, when not in possession, quickly managed to pack as many players as they could behind the ball.

East Fife just couldn’t break them down and it was 2-0 before the break.

From an Albion Rovers corner their tall hit-man, John Gemmell, was allowed a comfortable header at goal from six yards.

There’s no doubt that the Fifers would have been warned of the threat posed by the big striker, so for him to be allowed an easy effort like that is criminal defensively.

The second half came and went without much incident although East Fife were almost thrown a lifeline when Alan Cook was afforded a free shot at goal, but the winger missed the target from just six yards out.