No home comforts for Fifers after 1-1 draw

Caolan McAleer is congratulated by Allan Walker after putting the Fifers in front. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.
Caolan McAleer is congratulated by Allan Walker after putting the Fifers in front. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

East Fife’s patchy home form just refuses to heal as the Methil men were again unable to take three points from a fixture at Bayview.

The Fifers have managed to beat only second bottom East Stirlingshire on their home turf in league business this season and shipped another two points to Annan on Saturday.

Boss Gary Naysmith was honest enough following the match to admit that the home form so far this campaign isn’t good enough.

This is in stark comparison to the Fifers’ performances away from Bayview, where East Fife can count a well deserved 2-0 win at Arbroath amongst their achievements.

The win at Gayfield remains the only points Arbroath have dropped this season.

But, at Methil, East Fife are still misfiring and again at the weekend fans were left frustrated.

It looked as if it would be a different story after the Fifers managed to grab an early foothold in the game.

With Kevin Smith missing, Ross Campbell was handed a rare start and repaid his manager with a hard working performance.

It was Campbell’s good work at the weekend which saw him tee up Caolan McAleer.

The former Airdrie winger composed himself on the edge of the Annan box and curled home a stunner into the top corner.

McAleer was having one of his best games in an East Fife shirt and almost made it 2-0 with a carbon copy of his first strike.

This time, though, the ball cannoned back off the post to spare Annan.

But it was far from one way traffic with Stuart McColm also pinging the post for the visitors.

The best of the chances, though, fell the way of the Fifers and Campbell should have sent his side in at the break with a two goal cushion.

But he fired wildly over the bar from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.

It was one of those afternoons where you just felt that the longer the game went on, and the more chances East Fife missed, that Annan would eventually edge their way back in.

And that’s how it turned out as the Fifers failed to deal with a throw in and allowed Peter Weatherston too much time to turn and shoot inside the Fife box.

Allan Fleming had little chance in the East Fife goal.

East Fife were rattled and it was Jim Chapman’s side who looked more likely to grab the game’s third goal.

But the Methil men managed to see the game out to at least take a point.