Stirling win shows our titles hopes are still alive

East Fife's Nathan Austin. Pic by Alan Murray
East Fife's Nathan Austin. Pic by Alan Murray

Speculation may be growing on the future of Nathan Austin, but the striker is focused only on helping East Fife lift the League Two title.

Bids are expected from a host of full-time clubs this January for the highly rated 21-year-old who grabbed his 13th, 14th and 15th goals of the season with a hat-trick at Stirling on Saturday.

That, more than likely, will have settled any doubts in the minds of potential new employers, with boss Gary Naysmith saying he has a firm belief the club will soon be fielding calls.

Local lad Austin, though, is not allowing his attention to drift, and is concentrating on firing the Fifers back into title contention.

He said: “When things are going against you in football it’s all about how you react and against Stirling we showed how much of a team we are and how good we are.

“We can match anyone in the league.

“I’m delighted with the three goals but for me it’s really about the win.

“It’s a massive three points for us and we’re only six off the top now.

“When we started off the season we wanted to win the league and we still do.

“Teams take points from each other every week so we’re looking to go on a wee run and kick on.”

Austin said he had a belief before kick off that things were going to go to plan for he and the Fifers.

“You can kind of sense in the warm up how things are going to go,” he said.

“I thought in the warm up, doing the shooting, that if I was going to get chances I was going to score.

“Luckily enough I did.

“It wasn’t the perfect hat-trick, it was two with my left and one with my head - but that’ll do me though.”

Austin and his side face Elgin City this weekend.