East Fife proved just what a force they can be on their day as they easily swept aside Montrose at Bayview on Saturday.
Gary Naysmith’s men have been under pressure to produce at home, having won just one league game on their own turf so far this season.
At the weekend, though, they showed some of the potential that this squad has by knocking three past their visitors without reply.
It was a crucial win for the Methil men who would have been keen that the top three teams in the league are not allowed to create too much of a gap between themselves.
Naysmith’s side started with a real intent and Ross Brown, Kevin Smith and Allan Walker all tested Stuart McKenzie’s goal during an early flurry.
At the other end the Fifers looked in a mean mood and refused to let their visitors have a clear sight of goal.
Montrose were reduced to trying their luck from range but Paul Watson’s rasping drive from 30 yards certainly tested Allan Fleming.
Bryan Deasley should have done better when he was afforded a rare sight of goal but he blasted hopelessly over the bar.
To their credit East Fife heeded the warning and went up the park and broke the deadlock.
Kevin Smith’s looping cross caused havoc in the Montrose defence and the ball broke kindly for Ross Campbell.
The frontman created a bit of space for himself before beating McKenzie.
Montrose continued to press forward and should have drawn level when Ross McCord picked out Jonathan Crawford from a second half corner.
The big centre half was unmarked but sent his header over the bar.
East Fife could taste the three points and made sure of securing them with the introduction of Jon McShane from the bench.
The striker will be frustrated not to be making more starts for the Fifers but could be proud of the impact he had once introduced at the weekend.
East Fife made it 2-0 when Fraser Mullen’s corner was met by McShane who powered a header into the six yard box.
It was then in turn met by the head of Kevin Smith who nodded it past McKenzie in the Montrose goal.
Smith was then body checked by McKenzie as he rushed in on goal.
Referee Gary Irvine took his time before eventually pointing to the spot and booking the goalie.
McShane stepped up and wrapped up the win by beating the Montrose ‘keeper from the spot.