METHIL boss John Robertson has urged his squad to be wary of the threat of a Dumbarton team who have proved to be a real thorn in the Fifers’ side since he took over.
The Sons battered the Methil men 6-0 earlier this season and also recorded high-scoring wins over them last term.
So the East Fife gaffer knows only too well about the challenge that faces his side as they travel west at the weekend.
Speaking to the Mail on Monday, Robertson said: “Dumbarton are a good side with good forward players.
“We know the quality that Pat Walker and Bryan Prunty have and they caused us lots of problems in the last game.
“But we’ve said to the players that we’ve been on a good run ourselves before Saturday.
“Dumbarton are just behind us, and if we can get the win, then it’ll take us that bit further away from them.
“Dumbarton will be going into the game with the same mentality we had when we played Airdrie and Stirling recently, knowing that, if they get the win, then it could push them up into to that fourth-placed spot.”
East Fife will be without Rob Ogleby and Mark Ridgers for the trip as both players have been called up into the Welsh and Scottish under-21 squads respectively.
The manager told the Mail that he “found it strange” that a club of East Fife’s size were having to play the game without the duo, who have been consistent starters for the side since the season started.
East Fife were unable to haul league leaders Cowdenbeath closer to the chasing pack on Saturday, going down 3-1 to Colin Cameron’s side, despite having taken an early lead.
Robertson admitted he was frustrated his men couldn’t build on their good start.
He said: “We played well in the first half and never really gave them any time on the ball.
“We got the goal and gave ourselves a great platform to build on.
“Then Matthew Park went to sleep for their equaliser and we felt Rob Ogleby was fouled in the build-up to their second goal.
“After that, we really had to go for it, but if I’m being honest, I don’t think we ever really looked like getting the equaliser.
“They scored their third goal, which was an irrelevance really.”
Apart from Ogleby and Ridgers, East Fife are expected only to be missing striker Scott Dalziel for Saturday’s game.