Fifers pay the penalty for spot kick miss in 1-0 defeat

Nathan Austin is brough down by Clyde's Alan Martin.
Nathan Austin is brough down by Clyde's Alan Martin.

Clyde once more frustrated the Fifers but Gary Naysmith’s men are still clinging on to fourth spot.

Despite defeat at Broadwood, East Fife were again left relieved as results elsewhere went their way.

Frustratingly, though, the draws picked up by teams around them and Berwick’s defeat to Albion Rovers were not punished by the Methil men.

But, on a positive note, it was yet another game ticked off the calendar and East Fife still have a two point advantage and with a better goal difference than their challengers.

Clyde have made themselves something of a bogey team for East Fife this season and have picked up 10 points from a possible 12.

In truth there was little between the sides at the weekend and East Fife will be frustrated they didn’t at least return to the Kingdom with a point.

This is in no small part down to passing up a great chance to open the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot.

It had been a pretty level start to the game with Kevin Smith and Nathan Austin looking lively in attack.

And when an Austin run into the box was crudely halted by Alan Martin, ref David Munro pointed to the spot.

Allan Walker’s penalty was hit well enough but the ‘keeper redeemed himself by saving to his right.

It was a tough one to take for the Fifers but, to be fair to the ‘keeper, it was certainly a case of a good save rather than a bad penalty.

The penalty miss still failed to really spark the game into live as both attacks huffed and puffed but without much joy.

East Fife welcomed back Julen Extabeguren from injury and, despite a lack of match fitness, the defender dominated Brian McQueen and Scott McManus.

Clyde seemed to really miss the creativity of the missing Scott Ferguson as East Fife comfortably swept up their attacks.

But the home side continued to press and opened the scoring with a goal the Fifers will want to forget.

Steven McDougall’s corner should have been cleared but instead it found the unmarked McQueen who headed home from six yards.

Clyde looked to put the game to bed by pressing for a second, forcing the Fifers to introduce Sean Dickson and Alan Cook from the bench in an attempt to change things.

The subs did have an impact on the game and East Fife battered the home goal late on.

Austin again was in the thick of the action and went agonisingly close to making it 1-1 with a header which cleared the bar.