Stirling Albion 0-6 East Fife

Gary Naysmith's Fifers have a strong grip on top spot.
Gary Naysmith's Fifers have a strong grip on top spot.

East Fife appear to be keeping their cool in the League Two title race while others are losing theirs.

Having wrestled top spot back from Elgin City last weekend, they arrived at Forthbank Stadium to play a Stirling Albion side who knew a win was crucial for their own promotion hopes.

It was a test of character for the Methil men who last weekend hit the summit and spent the next seven days knowing the destination of the League Two title was in their hands.

It was a test they passed with flying colours.

The title race isn’t quite a two horse race yet, but East Fife’s main threat to the crown comes from second placed Elgin City.

Over the last two games Elgin have taken one point, scoring one goal.

The Fifers? A maximum six points with 10 goals netted.

It’s title winning form, no doubt about it.

At Forthbank they were presented with what, on paper, was a tough task.

Stirling were sitting on the edge of the play-off zone, but had been beaten their previous two games.

They needed a win to keep their own promotion hopes alive.

It was a win they never, ever, looked like achieving.

From the start the Fifers were straight at the throat of their hosts.

It took them barely a few minutes to break the deadlock, Ross Brown beating Chris Smith at the second attempt.

They stayed on the frontfoot while Stirling desperately tried to regroup.

Number two wasn’t long in arriving, Kevin Smith lobbing the Stirling ‘keeper with the aid of a deflection.

Stirling managed to steady the ship somewhat but one look at the East Fife bench offered an ominous warning.

The sight of top scorer Nathan Austin getting stripped was not what they wanted to see and within a couple of minutes he proved why - netting the Fifers’ third.

When Austin is in the mood it’s almost unfair on teams and he barged his way through the Stirling defence to head home the next.

Goal of the day went to Stevie Campbell.

The classy midfielder picked up the ball outside the Stirling box, jinked his way through the defence and calmly slotted past Smith.

Ali Coote, another the Fifers introduced from the bench, wrapped up the victory when he side footed home a pinpoint Smith cross.

It’s a win that puts the Fifers three points clear, with a healthy goal difference, and just six games left.

How are the nerves?