East Fife urged to stay at the top of their game

Darren Young knows his Fifers need to be at their best to see of Stranraer this weekend - despite the Blues propping up League One.
Anton Dowds celebrates East Fife's opener.Anton Dowds celebrates East Fife's opener.
Anton Dowds celebrates East Fife's opener.

Stevie Farrell’s men strengthened in January in a bid to escape the division’s trap door.

And they’ve been proving a tough nut to crack, registering six draws in a row, including against Falkirk and Raith.

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Bayview gaffer Young has the firepower in his side, and wants to see them do what others in the division have been struggling to do.

“Every game we’ve played against them has been tough,” said the Fife boss.

“It’s one we’re looking forward to.

“For us it’s just about making sure that we take our chances when they come along.

“Our home form has been brilliant and we want to keep that going.”

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The responsibility for seeing off Stranraer on Saturday is likely to fall on the shoulders of forwards Anton Dowds and Ryan Wallace.

Dowds was the match winner on Saturday, his first half strike the only difference between the Methil men and Peterhead.

The win maintained East Fife’s excellent home record, and Young has challenged his forwards to help reinforce it further towards the end of the season.

“We spoke to Anton and Ryan Wallace about making sure they get into the double figures,” said Young.

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“We have the players in the side who can create the chances to help them do that.”

The manager was speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s fixture against Falkirk.

Lewis Baker missed the Peterhead game through illness but is expected to return this week.

Kyle Bell remains sidelined.