Fifers take the positives from 1-0 Hamilton win

East Fife's Kevin Smith makes his way through the Hamilton defence.
East Fife's Kevin Smith makes his way through the Hamilton defence.
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The over used cliché about pre-season friendly results being largely irrelevant may well be true, but there was a lot to be positive about in this win all the same.

East Fife welcomed Premiership Hamilton to Bayview on the back of consecutive defeats to Fulham, St Johnstone and Hearts.

However, the progress which is being made by the side during its pre-season campaign was evident as East Fife proved to be more than a match for their full-time opponents.

The Fifers started off on the front foot and had their visitors rattled with just a minute of the game gone.

Alan Cook did well on the left and swung in a cross which Jon McShane was inches away from connecting with.

The ball fell to Caolan McAleer whose effort was turned past the post.

From the resultant corner kick Steven Campbell was the first to arrive in the box and powered his header past Michael McGovern.

East Fife continued to play at a high tempo with McShane and Kevin Smith posing all sorts of problems for the Accies defence.

At the other end Jason Scotland was unlucky with a couple of shots but neither seriously troubled Allan Fleming in the Fife goal.

Andrew Ryan also tested Fleming with a long range drive but he too found the Fife ‘keeper equal to his effort.

Bayview boss Gary Naysmith will have undoubtedly been impressed with the way his young side stood up to the Premiership new boys.

Young Lewis Barr in particular, although only slightly built, was unafraid to get himself involved in the tough stuff in the middle of the park.

Also pleasing for the Fifers was the partnership which seems to be developing between Ewan Moyes and Campbell - something that has been lacking at Bayview over the past couple of seasons.

With the clock ticking down, East Fife almost grabbed the second goal their play deserved but Scott Smith’s free-kick cleared the bar.

Naysmith was pleased with his side’s work-out, saying: “We played with a slightly different formation today which we had worked on on Thursday.

“The lads took on board what we wanted when we had the ball and when we didn’t have the ball.

“I thought the players carried it off to a tee.

“Even in the second half when we made a few changes the lads that came on got to grips with it.

“In the end we were restricting Hamilton to long range shots which is credit to the players

“I thought we caused them more problems than they caused us.

“We got down the wings really well, especially in the first half.

“We put some good, quality crosses into the box and there weren’t too many negatives from the game.

“I also thought that Allan Fleming in goals had his best game for us.”