Fifers continue their resurgence with 2-0 win at Gayfield.

Allan Walker and Nathan Austin celebrate Walker's opener.
Allan Walker and Nathan Austin celebrate Walker's opener.

This was a lot more like it from East Fife.

For a team which was expected to hit the ground running and become one of the dominate forces in League Two, it’s not unfair to say the start to the new season hasn’t gone quite to plan.

But the Methil men kick-started their league campaign with a win against East Stirlingshire at the end of August and built on that at Arbroath.

Allan Moore’s men have made the start to the season that Fife fans would have been hoping for from their side, winning all four of their previous fixtures.

But the wheels came off at Gayfield as East Fife turned on the style - the second half in particular arguably the best the side has played since Gary Naysmith and assistant Dougie Anderson took the helm.

The first half was largely a non-event as neither side really created much in front of goal.

A Naysmith foul on Bobby Linn created an opening from a free-kick which smacked the bar, while a Scott Smith effort, which drifted over the bar at the other end, was the best the Fifers could muster.

The lack of chances created by the Fifers was clearly something addressed at the break and East Fife came out brighter.

The Methil men took the lead when a Nathan Austin header bobbled back off the post and Allan Walker was the first to react, slamming the ball home from close range.

The goal put a spring in the step of the East Fife players as they sensed a great three points were there for the taking.

They refused to let their hosts back into things by staying on the front foot and grabbing the game’s second goal.

Kevin Smith picked up the ball on the edge of the Arbroath box, with the home defenders fatally allowing him to get the ball onto his left side.

The Fife forward punished their sloppiness by firing home a shot which David Crawford was unable to keep out.

With the job done at one end of the park, it was up to those at the back to defend the lead - and they didn’t half do that.

Allan Fleming pulled off three stunning saves as the hosts pressed, any one of them a candidate for save of the season.

First of all the former Kelty Hearts ‘keeper tipped a Bobby Linn drive over the bar before somehow getting his palm to a Dylan Carriero drive and again turning that over the bar.

The hat-trick of saves was completed when the big goalie got down to his left to nudge a Simon Murray strike from eight yards around the post.