Fourth spot is ours and we won’t give it up

Bayview striker Nathan Austin says he and his East Fife team mates are in no mood to relinquish their grip on fourth place.

The Fifers had a clear three point gap in the final remaining play-off spot as the Mail went to press ahead of last night’s match between Berwick and Elgin.

Austin’s double helped East Fife take another step towards the play-offs with a 3-0 win over Montrose on Saturday.

With just five games of the season to go, the forward is determined to make sure nobody is given the chance to leap-frog the Fifers.

He said: “We know ourselves that if there are any slips ups the teams behind us can easily catch us.

“That’s why we just need to focus on our own games and keep winning.

“If we do that we’ll be in the play-offs.

“It’s in our own hands and that’s just how we want it.

“We’ll go into each game with things in our own hands and just look to maintain it.”

Austin picked up the man-of-the-match award on Saturday after his brace which was added to by a Paul Watson own goal.

The striker said it was the perfect response to Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat to Berwick.

“It was a massive win for the team,” admitted Austin.

“After such a poor performance on Tuesday we needed to get back into winning ways.

“The wind didn’t help the game and the gaffer spoke with us to try and play to the conditions.

“We did that and got the three goals.

“We felt comfortable throughout the second half.

“I had a chance just before my first goal to score and knew I’d get another chance.

“The gaffer told me to just bend my run and stay onside which I did and managed to get the goal.”