Fifers rescue point in 1-1 draw - but deserved much more

Fraser Mullen celebrates his last gasp equaliser. Picture by George McLuskie.
Fraser Mullen celebrates his last gasp equaliser. Picture by George McLuskie.

East Fife will need to learn to take their chances while well on top if they are to make sure of the final play-off spot.

Gary Naysmith’s men took a point against Clyde, a side who have beaten the Fifers twice this season, but on the balance of play were worth so much more.

A late Fraser Mullen screamer, his second in seven days, made sure East Fife snatched a point from a game they largely dominated.

However, Naysmith has spoken in the past about ensuring that if it isn’t your day in front of goal and the three points aren’t coming your way, at least make sure you don’t get beat.

And again the Fifers showed how difficult they’ve become since the New Year to take three points from, maintaining their undefeated record well into February.

That record now reads three draws and two wins in 2015 - but Saturday should have seen the three points stay in Methil.

Two players who appear to have been rejuvenated since the turn of the year are Fraser Mullen and Nathan Austin.

The two linked well in the opening 10 minutes when Mullen’s defence splitting through ball was picked up by the Fife striker.

Austin headed for goal but Clyde ‘keeper Alan Martin was off his line quickly enough to snuff out any danger.

East Fife continued to press forward with Austin again posing a threat.

When Ross Fisher dithered on the ball on the edge of his own box Austin was on hand to nick tit from him, only to end up curling his effort wide of Martin’s post.

Clyde had offered very little in attack so it was frustrating to see East Fife gift them an opening goal.

Allan Fleming rushed from his line in an attempt to cut out a Scott Durie cross.

But the Fife ‘keeper came up short and left sub Brian McQueen with an empty net to head into.

It was tough to take for East Fife but, to their credit, the side refused to allow their heads to go down and, in a similar fashion to the past few weeks, ended the game strongly.

The Fifers upped the tempo and sub Ola Adeyemo, who replaced the injured Austin, went close with a distance from outside the box.

With barely seconds on the clock East Fife managed to rescue a point.

Awarded a free-kick near to the corner flag, Naysmith picked out Mullen on the edge of the penalty box.

The former Raith midfielder met the ball sweetly and gave Martin absolutely no chance.