Fifers make their point in 0-0 draw

The East Fife players pause for a minute of silence to remember the Fallen - Picture by FPA.
The East Fife players pause for a minute of silence to remember the Fallen - Picture by FPA.

Given their patchy home form, the point East Fife took from a side which had been sitting second when they arrived at Bayview probably wasn’t the worst.

The fact the game was played in near monsoon conditions and could be an early contender for the ‘not one for the neutrals’ prize was another reason the Fifers will probably be content with what they collected.

Of course, Fife fans are always disappointed, as are fans of all clubs, when their side don’t take all three points at home.

However, given the way Darren Young’s men have started the season, should East Fife now be able to build on this share of the spoils then it may prove to be a pivotal point in the campaign.

Both sides started the game 6/4 joint favourites with the bookies to win the encounter, giving an indication of how close it was expected to be.

And that’s the way it turned out, although it could be argued that it was Gary Naysmith’s men who had the best of the few chances created.

This was the case particularly in the first half when East Fife started by far the better of the two sides.

Ross Campbell, playing in a wider position than normal, did some fine work on the wing and his cross was inches away from being met by Kevin Smith.

The Heavens opened above Bayview and the home side tried to use the conditions to their advantage, testing home ‘keeper Neil Parry with a series of ‘grasscutters’ across the slippy surface.

Sadly for the Fifers, Parry was equal to efforts from Ross Brown, Liam Smith and Fraser Mullen.

Mullen was deployed by boss Gary Naysmith between the front four and midfield in a 4-1-4-1 formation and was a stand out - tidying up between the two groups and neat with his distribution forward.

But in the pouring rain the only thing drying up were the chances as both sides struggled in the difficult conditions.

The main talking point of the game came when East Fife attempted to swap Stevie Campbell for substitute Nathan Austin, only to swiftly be told by the officials that Austin hadn’t been listed on the team line.

Austin left the field as quickly as he came on and he in turn was replaced by Jon McShane before play had re-started.

The visitors didn’t pose much of a threat up front and the Fifers coped well with any chances created.

Their only real chance fell to former Fife winger Marc McKenzie whose header came back off Allan Fleming’s post.