Fife boss looks to hit the January sales

Fraser Mullen wrestles for the ball in the middle of the park. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
Fraser Mullen wrestles for the ball in the middle of the park. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.

The January transfer window has opened and Bayview boss Gary Naysmith is keen to start some shopping to add to his squad.

The Methil side are lacking bodies, something the manager accepts, and is aiming to put right.

This time last year East Fife’s squad was boosted by the arrivals of players including Sean Dickson and Julen Extabeguren who helped guide the side into the promotion play-offs.

Naysmith is keen to repeat the success of those arrivals during this window.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, the boss said he had made a couple of enquiries on Sunday and had been due to speak with another player on Monday afternoon as we were going to press.

The boss added: “You could see on Saturday that we were light so I’m working on bringing a few players in.

“Ideally we need a goalkeeper, a striker and a creative left sided midfielder because we don’t know how long Kevin Smith is going to be out for.

“We don’t have a specific time on his injury so need to look at that position.

“And I’m conscious we need to bring a striker in and also a goalkeeper because there’s no competition for Ryan Goodfellow at the moment.”

On Saturday the Fifers slipped to a 2-0 home defeat to Elgin City.

The game was killed as a spectacle due to high winds which swirled around Bayview.

While conceding the conditions were not the only factor leading to the defeat, the boss added : “I wish I had the chance to say this before the game but when the wind is like that then I don’t think games should be played at grounds like Bayview.

“It just makes it a real game of two halves and that’s where they (Elgin) won it.

“But they also made fewer mistakes than us.

“Against the wind we created more chances and in the second half we had more play.

“But our problem is that we’re struggling to keep a clean sheet.

“For their first goal we gave the ball away in the middle of the park and they broke up the park and scored - those things aren’t happening for us at the moment.

“Their second, I have to see the video, but it looked as if their cross should have been cleared out of the pitch.

“They’ve had two or three shots and scored two goals - that shouldn’t be happening.”

The Fifers are presented with a chance to put things right in front of their own fans this weekend when Berwick Rangers arrive in Methil.

The Wee Gers have won two on the bounce, and sit just four points behind East Fife.

“Berwick are on a good run but we want to keep them behind us,” said the East Fife boss.

“There won’t be too many changes to the side because it’s a still a team which played really well against Stirling Albion. Berwick have a few suspension but the players coming in will be looking to impress their manager.

“But if we win that’s two out of three which is good form.”