Fife squad aims to Rec title party

Gordon Durie
Gordon Durie
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EAST Fife will look to be party poopers when they kick off the 2012-13 Division Two league campaign.

It was confirmed this week that the Methil men will pay a visit to Recreation Park on August 11 where last year’s Division Three winners, Alloa Athletic, will be celebrating their flag day.

But the Fifers will try to spoil the fun as they aim to get their own campaign off to a flyer on the artificial surface.

Boss Gordon Durie has continued to re-shape his squad for this season, with it being announced that forward Scott Dalziel has left the club for Brechin City.

The big striker was brought to Bayview by former boss John Robertson, but his one season in the black and gold was blighted by serious injury.

However, Dalziel won favour with the Fife faithful for his effort when he did appear, and did himself no harm when he notched the second-half winner in the League Cup clash with Kingdom rivals, Dunfermline Athletic.

Dalziel follows fellow hit-man Ryan Wallace out the door, as the former Airdrie man has himself joined the Pars.

Steven Hislop, another forward, has also departed Bayview, with it being confirmed that he is to make the move into junior football with Bo’ness.

Boss Durie is making sure his side is ready to hit the ground running when the competitive campaign starts with a Ramsdens Challenge Cup tie away to Peterhead on July 28.

The East Fife players began their pre-season training at the weekend, getting a head start on most sides who don’t return until the beginning of July.

Following the Peterhead clash, the side will be in League Cup action before the league campaign kicks off at Alloa.

The first home game of the season comes on August 18 when Queen of the South, who drop down from Division One, visit Bayview.

Other notable fixtures include a Boxing Day visit by Stenhousemuir.

The Fifers will first foot Arbroath on January 2.

The 2012-13 season ends on May 4 when Jim Weir’s Brechin City pay a visit to Bayview, before the play-offs get under way on May 8.