Bobby Barr in action at Bayview in a previous Ayr encounter (Picture by Neil Doig)
Bobby Barr in action at Bayview in a previous Ayr encounter (Picture by Neil Doig)
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EAST Fife’s players have been called on to show the same fighting spirit which saw them leave Somerset Park with three points earlier this season when they visit Ayr again on Saturday.

The Fifers turned around a two goal half-time deficit in December to secure all three points.

The two sides turned in another thriller in January when Ayr again gave away a two goal lead, although came back to secure a 3-3 draw at Bayview.

There’s every chance of more goals this weekend, with Methil boss Billy Brown hoping they go the way of the men in the black and gold.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, he said: “They were 2-0 up on us down there and in all honesty they could have been more.

“But in the second half we came out and the players fought like dogs to get back into it and we’ll need to do the same again on Saturday.

“Ayr are a good side and added the likes of Neil McGregor, Scott McLaughlin and Liam Buchanan.

“I watched them play Brechin at the weekend, they got beat, but really deserved to take something out of it, so we’ll need to be at our best if we’re to win.”

The weekend’s scheduled fixture with Stranraer was called off on Saturday morning as strong winds blew across Bayview.

But the Methil side were in action last week when they travelled to meet bottom side Albion Rovers, returning with a point thanks to a screamer of an equaliser from Paul Willis.

The manager said: “The second half I thought we played well and created four gilt-edged chances but again our luck just didn’t quite go for us.

“The club just isn’t getting a break at the moment.

“The first half they were possibly the better side but it was a game we should have won.

“Paul’s goal was a cracker at any level.

“I think he’s played almost every game since I’ve been here and is a big, athletic player and puts everything into it.”

Steven Campbell and Gareth Wardlaw were expected to return in a reserve fixture on Monday night as the Mail went to press.