Austin praises boss for keeping the faith

Nathan Austin is targetting more goals at Elgin. Picture by G McLuskie.
Nathan Austin is targetting more goals at Elgin. Picture by G McLuskie.

All strikers can expect to experience lean times in front of goal throughout their careers.

East Fife’s Nathan Austin brought an end to his mini-drought at the weekend by banging in two goals in the 5-3 win against East Stirlingshire.

They were the 21-year-old’s first since he netted in a 1-1 draw with Stirling Albion back on October 3.

It’s probably an indication of how far ‘Fash’ has come this season, and how well he started it, that people were picking up on the fact he hadn’t netted in a few weeks.

Key to his return to goalscoring form, according to the striker, is his Bayview gaffer Gary Naysmith.

Austin thanked his manager for sticking by him and showing faith that he’d hit the goal trail again sooner rather than later.

He said: “I’d like to thank the gaffer massively because he has supported me through this tough time.

“It was four or five games without a goal but the manager hasn’t put me under any pressure at all.

“Luckily I was able to get the two goals against East Stirling and it helped towards a massive win.”

And there’s no mystery to why Austin burst back into life again on Saturday - it’s just down to sheer hard work.

“I’ve been in training a lot just working on my shooting,” said the forward.

“Luckily two went in.

“The first was a great ball through by the gaffer and I just managed to get onto it and slide it in.

“The second one was probably going to be a foul on me but as I’m going down I got a wee toe poke on it.

“It would have been a definite penalty if it hasn’t gone in but I’m glad it did.”

Austin has now set his sights on shooting down Elgin City this weekend.

Just a point separates the second place Fifers from Elgin.

It sets things up nicely for the weekend, with the Fifers high on confidence and looking to claw back Annan’s five point lead at the top of League Two.

Austin said: “There’s no point in us beating East Stirlingshire and then going up to Elgin and getting beat.

“So we’re looking to go there and take the three points to push up the league.”

Saturday’s 5-3 win against the Shire had absolutely everything, as three men were sent off along with the eight goals which hit the back of the net.

“It was frantic and scary at times,” admitted the striker.

“But we’re delighted with the win.

“Going in at half time we were 2-1 down and under a bit of pressure but then a lot of the boys showed just what they’re worth to get a great win.”