Bayview return suits defender down to the ground

Jonathan Page is looking forward to returning to Bayview following the defeat in Annan. Pic: George McLuskie
Jonathan Page is looking forward to returning to Bayview following the defeat in Annan. Pic: George McLuskie

East Fife suffered a blip at Annan, but Jonathan Page reckons home advantage and the Bayview surface can help ease them back on track.

After taking three points from a possible six on their travels over the past two weekends, the Fifers return to Bayview on Saturday.

The first game is one of a double header of home fixtures as Arbroath visit ahead of Clyde’s arrival seven days later.

Page admitted the defeat at Galabank on their plastic surface was tough to take, but is planning on wiping out that defeat by easing to three points this weekend over Todd Lumsden’s side.

He said: “The players we have in the squad suit grass pitches so we’re looking forward to being back at home again.

“The good thing in football is that, when you lose, you have another chance a few days later to put things right again.”

The Fifers had played well in victory a week previous to their trip south to Annan as they saw off Queen’s Park at Hampden.

It was a different story at the weekend as the hosts won 2-0 on their own patch at Galabank.

It was frustrating that further points couldn’t be put on the board, said Page.

“It was disappointing to lose on the back of what has been a few good results and performances by ourselves,” conceded the central defender.

“Annan had a couple of good chances to be fair to them but, overall, I thought it was pretty even.

“The first goal they caught us on a massive counter attack.

“For the second goal, we didn’t want the game to just die out so I was up as a striker.

“Sometimes you end up getting stung and that’s what happened.”