East Fife 5-0 Berwick Rangers. Fifers bounce back in style.

Nathan Austin is all smiles after putting East Fife into the lead. Picture by G McLuskie.
Nathan Austin is all smiles after putting East Fife into the lead. Picture by G McLuskie.

What a difference a week makes.

After the disappointment of East Fife’s opening day defeat at East Stirlingshire the side bounced back in style by battering five past Berwick Rangers.

It put a shine on what had been a pretty miserable week for the club following some bad publicity brought about by fan chants at Ochilview.

But on the park the side more than got it right and gave the management team the perfect response to the 1-0 loss.

Changes were made to the starting XI with Allan Walker, Jason Kerr and manager Gary Naysmith all given starts.

It freshened the side up and the Fifers started the game with a real intensity.

Berwick were penned back in their own half and it was little surprise when Nathan Austin fired the side into the lead with just a few minutes on the clock.

Austin bullied his markers and shrugged off their attentions to create some space on the edge of the box.

He composed himself before rifling low past Kevin Walker.

The Fifers went for the throat, refusing to rest on their one goal cushion.

Every time the side broke forward they looked capable of scoring with the Berwick defence having no answer to the slick, free-flowing movement of the home side’s front players.

None were more impressive than Kyle Wilkie and he created number two after skinning Finn Graham on the touchline before cutting back to Kevin Smith.

The Fife forward again beat Walker from the edge of the box.

There was no let up for Berwick as the Fifers kept up their intensity.

Wilkie scored the pick of the bunch before the break when he curled a fine effort into the top corner.

Boss Naysmith has said in the past few weeks that he feels the signings made over the break have given his side an increased energy.

That was certainly in evidence at the weekend as the Methil men were tireless against their hapless opponents.

Wilkie put the result beyond any doubt when he netted number four in off Walker’s post.

The ’keeper then left his side deep in it when he saw red after racing off his line and cutting out an Austin effort with his hands outside his box.

Luckily for Berwick they still had a substitute available and were able to bring on a replacement goalie.

The fine and deserved win was wrapped up when Craig Sutherland burst in on goal and made no mistake from close range.