We must make Bayview advantage count for us

Scott Durie swings in a cross at the weekend
Scott Durie swings in a cross at the weekend

East Fife will look to use their home advantage to their benefit against Forfar on Saturday and start creeping up League One.

Boss Willie Aitchison says he has an eye on closing the gap between his side and those a few points above by securing all three points.

East Fife go into the game on the back of a 5-0 friendly win over Leven Amateurs in a community friendly at the weekend.

“It was a good day,” said the boss.

“There was a fairground there and maybe three or four hundred people out to watch it, so it was a good exercise.

“We’re looking for the boys to relax a bit now.

“We’ve been working hard in training this week and we’ll be working hard ahead of the Forfar game.”

The boss showed Leven full respect by fielding a full strength side.

“I think it’s important that we don’t kid people on that we’re a big, huge club,” he said.

“I think to bring young boys here would have been a bit disrespectful to them and the supporters.

“There are maybe a few people who came along who don’t get along to games and it was a chance for them to see what we have available.”

The manager used the game to try out Scott Durie in a midfield role

“Scott can give us a lot on the defensive side of things up there,” he said.

“He’s good on the ball and we wanted to try him out and see what he could give us out there.”

Forfar have strengthened well over the summer, bringing in the vastly experienced central defensive pairing of Marvin Andrews and Darren Dods.

The Bayview boss, though, only has eyes on the three points.

“We’re on our own patch and we need to start picking up points and closing the gap on teams now, and that’s what we’re planning for,” he said.