All eyes on Bayview for nail biting end to season

Collin Samuel holds off the attentions of the Queens defence.
Collin Samuel holds off the attentions of the Queens defence.

EAST Fife’s hopes of avoiding the Second Division play-offs remain out of their hands as the season reaches a nervy climax this weekend.

The Methil side know they must beat Brechin at Bayview and hope Stranraer slip up at Stenhousemuir.

Going in the Fifers’ favour are a couple of decent results against the league’s top two teams, a victory over Alloa and a draw at champions Queen of the South, coupled with the fact Stenny are still in contention for a promotion play-off spot.

Bayview boss Billy Brown told the Mail on Monday that his side should take heart from the weekend’s draw at Palmerston. The Fifers came so close to taking all three points, surrendering a two-goal lead late in the game.

“We were the better team. No doubt about it,” said the manager. “Going into the 90th minute we’re out of second bottom, but that’s been the story of our season.

“We’ve had a lot of things go against us. I don’t think I’ve been at a club which has had so little luck. Before the game there was 57 points between Queen of the South and East Fife, but we were better.”

Most Fife fans will have one eye on events at Ochilview come Saturday. The manager, though, says the Fifers must do their own job first before worrying about elsewhere.

He said: “We’re playing a team who beat us 6-0 just a couple of weeks ago. I’d much rather be in Stranraer’s position because it’s in their hands. But Stenhousemuir are on a good run. One of the teams they beat during that run is ourselves.”

Darren McCormack is available after suspension while Steven Campbell picked up a knock at Palmerston.