Victory chances left blowing in the wind

Gordon Durie
Gordon Durie

BAYVIEW assistant boss Gordon Chisholm said neither his men or Arbroath should have been forced to play in Saturday’s windy weather conditions.

The Fifers went down 2-0 to leave them still scratching for their first win of the new league campaign.

The defeat means that, should the Fifers slip up against bottom dogs Ayr United, the side will hit the foot of the league.

Chisholm said: “The Arbroath game was a farce.

“It’s difficult to play in those conditions and you have to remember that football is competing against other things on a Saturday and think of the fans.

“But, saying that, we lost silly goals again and I don’t think we posed much of a threat.

“I’ve no doubt we have the squad here but I’d say we have to be a bit more aggressive.”

Chisholm has been asked to step into the manager’s role for four weeks after gaffer Gordon Durie was advised by doctors to rest while he recovers from illness.

This week, the manager extended his gratitude to well-wishers, saying: “Thank you to everyone for their good wishes over the past few weeks – this is very much appreciated.”

East Fife face Ayr this weekend with new signing, midfielder Jamie Pollock, possibly having to sit it out after being sent off in a reserve fixture on Monday.

Chisholm added: “It’s still early in the season but Ayr will be like us in that they know they need to start winning.

“With the experience they have, it’ll happen sooner or later; we’ll just have to make sure it’s later.

“It would be nice to get an early goal and then push on from there.”

Craig Johnstone returned to training this week.