Hat-trick hero Nathan Austin says East Fife have to aim for the title

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Hat-trick hero Nathan Austin says East Fife have to be aiming to win the league this season after they went top on Saturday.

The striker’s three goals helped the Fifers move top of League Two with a 4-1 win over in-form Montrose at Links Park.

And with the fiercely competitive league as tight as it’s been, Austin believes the side need to look for consistency in results if they want to secure their goal of promotion to League One.

He said: “I think we should be looking to win the league or at least getting promotion.

“It’s consistency, everyone will take points off everyone in this league and we just need to put a run together for ourselves.”

It was a big scoreline on Saturday but one that didn’t quite tell the story of the exhilirating clash up in Angus.

Montrose started much the better and could have been well ahead by the time Austin scored just before the break.

But Gary Naysmith’s side landed blows at the perfect time as they scored again after the restart and immediately following a red card to Gable Endies defender Greg Pascazio.

Nathan praised his teammates for their efforts, with special mention for Ryan Goodfellow - who made some stunning saves when it was 1-0 to the hosts - and Scott Mercer, whose fantastic goal managed to eclipse Austin’s lovely hat-trick.

He continued: “We’re delighted to win here. I thought first half we were lucky to come in 1-1. Second half I thought we were comfortable and it was a good win.

“I thought they had a good chance to make it 2-0 and Goodie’s made a great save, then five minutes I scored for 1-1.

“Then we got a telling off at half-time and we came out ready for it. The gaffer was just saying that it wasn’t good enough, they were winning the second balls and dominating us. I thought their centre halves were dominating me but then it changed second half.

“The goals came at the right times, the third one had that killer touch because even though they were down to 10 men, they were still causing a threat. But after Scott scored his then I got mine it was all over.

“Scott’s had a great finish, he’s right-footed so I was screaming for him to square it to me but it’s ended up in the top corner. What a finish it was and I thought he was man of the match.

“For me I thought the red card was a bit harsh but you can see why the referee’s given it because he’s kicked the boy in the head, but he’s not seen Kyle coming in. I thought it was harsh. We have to capitalise there and I thought we did.”

Austin recently signed an extension to his contract at Bayview and he revealed he’s loving life with the Fifers, adding that he hopes to help the team put on a quality winning run in the coming weeks to help them towards their goal of automatic promotion to League One.

He added: “I’m happy here at the club, all the boys are great and I’m loving it. We need to put a good run on.

“ Last week against Clyde we didn’t have a good game but we won, then today I don’t think we weren’t that great but we won again.

“We looked at their home record in the week but you know teams can beat anyone in this league, they were going to get beat at some point and fortunately it was us.”