Well-deserved rest after frenetic Forfar affair

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THE weekend’s international break will offer East Fife’s players a chance to recharge the batteries after a frantic start to the season.

Good runs in both the Ramsdens Cup and the Scottish Communities League Cup have taken their toll on the Methil side, who kick-started their league campaign with a 4-3 home win over Forfar on Saturday.

Goals from John Ovenstone, David Muir, Rob Ogleby and Ryan Wallace secured the three points to ensure the Fifers can relax a little easier this weekend.

Following Saturday’s fixture, Methil boss John Robertson told the Mail: “That was our 14th game of the season; eight league games and six in the cup.

“So we’ll bring them into training on Tuesday for a bit of ‘TLC’ and a massage, and then give them Thursday and Saturday off.

“Then we’ll prepare for the Albion Rovers game.”

The side’s fringe players were expected to compete in a bounce game as the Mail went to press, with the boss hoping it would give players such as Paul McQuade an opportunity to regain some match fitness.

Robertson, right, was delighted with Saturday’s victory, and reckoned the game as an superb advertisement for Division Two football.

He said: “Everybody in the ground probably thought it was going to end up with the famous scoreline - East Fife five, Forfar four.

“The one thing you always get in this league is goals and it could have ended up six, seven or eight all.

“We’ve been playing well but needed to get back on the winning trail.

“We had slightly the better chances in the game but I wouldn’t have complained if it had ended in a draw.

“All three ‘keepers who played made terrific saves and the forward play from both sides was great.

“We said to the players that getting the first win would be difficult but, to be fair to them, they haven’t felt sorry for themselves.”