Methil men put in cold storage

East Fife's players celebrate the 3-2 win.
East Fife's players celebrate the 3-2 win.

EAST Fife’s festive training plans have been hampered by the recent cold snap.

The side has struggled to train locally for the past few weeks and has even had to travel out of the county to Alloa, in Clackmannanshire, to get facilities.

But the Methil men put those particular worries to the back of their minds on Saturday as they continued their march up the table with a fine 3-2 away win at Ayr.

As the Mail went to press, the Fifers were due to take on Stranraer in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday evening (yesterday) before Stenhousemuir visit Bayview at the weekend.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, boss Billy Brown confirmed the club had found difficulty securing training facilities.

He said: “It’s been an issue for us.

“I had to cancel training on Thursday; Methil was hard and we couldn’t get anywhere else.

“I’ve found it very frustrating, having been used to full-time training, to not be able to get anywhere to train at night.”

The manager admitted, following Saturday’s game, that he had a few choice words with his players at the break, as they found themselves 2-0 down.

However, he gave them credit for their second-half comeback.

He said: “I think it says a lot about the players’ commitment and the fighting spirit to come back from two goals down at a difficult place like Ayr.

“They have some good players and we had to fight hard.

“But, whether we deserved to win the game, I don’t know.”

On Saturday, Martyn Corrigan brings Stenhousemuir to Bayview with the two sides both battling to get into the promotion play-off mix.

The manager says he was impressed with what he saw of the Warriors a couple of weeks back.

“I saw them against Falkirk in the cup and thought they played really well,” said the manager.

“But it’s a game that we’ll certainly be preparing to win, just like we do every game.”

East Fife are still missing Michael Brown, Steven Campbell, Paul McManus, Gareth Wardlaw and Darren McCormack.

The manager didn’t expect any of that group to be available for last night’s game and added it was still too early to say if they’d return for Saturday.