Gary Naysmith’s men were given a thorough test at Bayview by Exeter City.
If there were any doubts about Naysmith’s efforts to add to his playing pool, they were dashed when a quick scan down the team sheet pre-match showed nine trialists had been stripped.
Pat Slattery made his first appearance in the black and gold following his summer move to Bayview, while Allan Walker was handed a start.
Finn Graham, Declan O’Kane and Scott Mercer were again given a chance to prove they’re worth a deal as were Fraser McLaren and Adam Harwood.
The visitors showed no signs of weariness despite only stepping off a plane into Scotland a couple of hours before kick off.
They pestered Ryan Goodfellow’s goal from the start and Alex Fisher should have done better when he raced in one on one with the ‘keeper only to squander his chance.
Kyle Wilkie is certainly showing signs that he has the talents to be an absolute stand out for East Fife this season and he was at the centre of everything created by the home side.
Up front Nathan Austin put in his usual hard shift.
Slattery impressed for the Methil men and he went to close to marking his debut with a goal when his drive from distance was saved at full stretch by James Hamon.
East Fife appeared to have done enough to keep their visitors at bay but were caught out with a few minutes left on the clock when Christian Riberio rifled home from six yards.
But when it looked like the match was lost, Nathan Austin curled home a stunner in injury time