Boss still unsure on danger men

Paul Willis in action against Albion Rovers.
Paul Willis in action against Albion Rovers.

INJURIES to experienced strikers Gareth Wardlaw and Paul McManus have left Billy Brown still unsure about his preferred front two pairing.

The manager has been unable to run the rule over the duo as he looks to create the partnership which will fire the Fifers up the league.

Sean Jamieson was partnered by Liam Gormley for Saturday’s visit to Albion Rovers.

The former Celtic youngster introduced himself in fine style by grabbing the opening goal of a game the Fifers went on to win 3-0.

Asked if he believed there was now enough firepower in the dressing room, boss Brown told the Mail on Monday: “The truth is I don’t know yet, because I’ve been at the club for two weeks and haven’t been able to see Wardlaw and McManus.

“I’ve not really been able to see what the options are.

“Gormley was available to start on Saturday, so it was a bit of a no-brainer.

“He’s played with Celtic under 19s and we had him down at training on Thursday.

“He has a nice bit of pace about him and took his goal really well, so we’ll keep having a look at him.”

As well as the three goals, the manager admitted he was equally as pleased with the clean sheet recorded by a Fife defence which has been known to be pretty charitable to the opposition this year.

“As a unit, I thought the back four and the ‘keeper did really well on Saturday,” added the boss.

“I was really pleased with the two central defenders in particular.

“East Fife have been giving bad goals away this season.

“It was only one against Alloa but could have been more, but I was happy with them on Saturday.”

This weekend Arbroath visit Bayview, with the boss keen to rein back the sides who sit just above them in the table.

“I’ve seen Arbroath a couple of times and they look a good side.

“But East Fife are where they are in the league for a reason so, particularly at home, we’ve got to make sure we get the victory and give ourselves a bit of hope.”

McManus, Wardlaw and Darren McCormack are doubts.