Clyde 1-3 East Fife

Nathan Austin hit the opener on his return to East FifeNathan Austin hit the opener on his return to East Fife
Nathan Austin hit the opener on his return to East Fife
East Fife resumed their League One campaign with a bang.

They were nothing short of ruthless in their return to competitive action with Clyde lucky to escape with a 3-1 loss.

It was one way traffic at the ground the club famously won the League Two title at in 2016.

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One of the heroes of that side returned to the club this week, and Nathan Austin marked the start of his second spell with a goal.

It was a great sight to see for the Fife fans watching on at home as Austin once again strutted his stuff in the black and gold.

He was in the thick of it from the first whistle, narrowly beaten to Ross Davidson’s through ball by David Mitchell.

East Fife had imposed themselves on the game quickly and, while most of the focus this week may have been on Austin’s arrival, it was his strike partner Ryan Wallace who was asking the questions.

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Wallace fired over the bar after 23 minutes and shortly afterwards sent a ball into the box that only lacked a finish.

The half was ticking on with East Fife comfortable but just unable to get their noses in front.

Then up popped Austin.

He managed to get onto the end of a long through ball and raced clear on Mitchell before finishing in style.

It was no more than East Fife deserved but, they knew their lead was a narrow one, and would need to step up another gear to kick clear of their hosts.

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They scored at a great time in the second half, just 10 minutes after the restart, giving the home side plenty of headaches and facing an uphill task.

Wallace was the creator, his deep corner finding the head of Denholm who did magnificently to send a looping effort into the corner of the Clyde net.

There was no letting up and Wallace got the goal his play deserved when he nodded home on 68 minutes.

The only black mark on the day came in injury time when David Goodwillie pulled back a consolation.

Darren Young was a happy manager after the match.

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He said: “There was a bit of nervousness going into the game because you don’t know where you’re going to be with regards to everyone else.

“You hope you’ve done enough and not done too much or too little.

"But the boys have come back and looked great.

"We were brilliant and right at it.

"We managed to get the new boys on and scored three really good goals.

"As much as we’d have like to got the clean sheet I’m delighted to be leaving with the three points.”