Fifers make theirs a double with second Bayview win

Allan Walker and Kevin Smith are the first to congratulate Nathan Austin after his winner.
Allan Walker and Kevin Smith are the first to congratulate Nathan Austin after his winner.

East Fife made it two wins from two league games with another display of free-flowing, slick and attacking football.

The Fifers had brushed aside Colin Cameron’s Berwick 5-0 seven days previous, but Elgin had shown in their start to the league campaign that they’d pose a much tougher obstacle to pass.

Arbroath and East Stirlingshire had been despatched without a goal conceded but seven scored.

Then, midweek in the Petrofac Training Cup, Alloa’s wasps were stung by a 2-0 extra time defeat inflicted by Jim Weir’s men.

Weir claimed after the game that his side were feeling the effects of those 120 minutes, plus the subsequent travelling back, and it’s difficult to argue with him on that.

However, it’s also difficult to argue that even had his side been without a game in midweek that they’d have left Bayview with anything other than a defeat.

It’s still incredibly early in the season, but judged on the performances Gary Naysmith’s new side, there is genuine reason to be optimistic about the club’s promotion chances.

From back to front the team not only looks solid but also, quick, energetic and hungry.

None more so than Nathan Austin who the gaffer was honest enough to admit has already started turning heads from elsewhere with his performances.

Another stand out so far in this campaign is Jonathan Page and it was he who opened the scoring with barely 10 minutes on the clock when he headed home a Kyle Wilkie corner.

The side had picked up from where it left off against Berwick but, to their credit, the visitors managed to force themselves back into the game.

Craig Gunn scampered free of the East Fife defence and raced in on Ryan Goodfellow’s goal before slotting home.

But the goal was merely a blip in what was otherwise a pretty comfortable afternoon at the back for the Fifers.

They tried to get themselves in front in the game one once again and Allan Walker, who had arguably one of his best games in an East Fife shirt, saw his drive tipped over the bar by Mark Hurst.

East Fife were merely finding their range and they did eventually edge ahead once more when a fine move through the middle involving Walker, Wilkie and Ross Brown was finished by Austin.

Brown had a chance to wrap up the win just a few moments later but his drive from eight yards was blocked on the line by the scrambling Elgin defence.