Elgin washout was a relief for Fifers gaffer

Gary Naysmith
Gary Naysmith

For the first time in his playing and managing career East Fife boss Gary Naysmith was glad to be without a game on Saturday.

A sodden pitch at Elgin meant East Fife’s trip to Borough Briggs was called off on Friday night leaving the Fifers without a fixture.

Although the call-off meant no New Year fixture for Fife fans, boss Naysmith said it gave his side some much needed time to get over niggling injuries.

The manager told the Mail: “The way things had been going with injuries then the game being called off was maybe a blessing in disguise.

“We would have been travelling up there with 14 fit players are two of them were David Maskrey and Daryl Falconer.

“Scott Smith would have been missing and Jon McShane had to phone NHS24 during the night with what looks like tonsillitis, so I was probably glad for the first time in my career not to have a game.

“The down side to it all, of course, though is that we’re now going to have to play them on a Tuesday night when people will have work.”

Ahead of this weekend’s game with Queen’s Park, the postponement also had another benefit.

“It meant we were also able to go and have a look at Queen’s Park ahead of this weekend’s game and see how they’ve changed since we last played them,” said the boss.

Despite the call-off, the Fife players weren’t left kicking their heels, with the manager asking them to carry out training on their own.

“The players all have a programme so we asked them to go and do some work themselves,” added Naysmith.

“With it being Christmas then it was only fair that they have that time with their families.”

Naysmith himself will miss Saturday’s game at Bayview with a calf injury while Scott Smith and McShane were doubts.