East Fife 1-0 Peterhead

Anton Dowds sends his finish beyond Greg Fleming. Pic by Kenny Mackay.Anton Dowds sends his finish beyond Greg Fleming. Pic by Kenny Mackay.
Anton Dowds sends his finish beyond Greg Fleming. Pic by Kenny Mackay.
It may not have been pretty at times, but a win is a win.

All the more pleasing for the Methil men is that Saturday's victory against the Blue Toon made it back to back wins with the Fifers taking a maximum six points from their last two home games.

They're proving tough to beat again and signs that striker Anton Dowds is returning to form are more than encouraging.

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It's an excellent time of the season to be clicking back into gear and now all eyes turn to the side's trip to Grangemouth on Tuesday night.

Peterhead are never a side easily beaten and that's how it worked out at Bayview.

Both sides had early chances to break the deadlock, Scott Agnew going close at one end and Jack Leitch at the other.

The game needed a bit of quality to open it up and it was no surprise that it was the in-form Agnew who delivered it.

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Agnew played a part in each of East Fife's four goals in the 4-2 win over Dumbarton and he picked up from where he left off when he slipped Dowds through on Greg Fleming's goal.

The striker still had plenty of work to do but showed terrific composure to pick his spot and find the net.

Peterhead may be battling to get away from those at the bottom, but showed some decent quality.

They had the better of what remained of the first half, Gary Fraser and Derek Lyle both passing up decent chances to square things up.

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East Fife hadn't ended the first half well, but were much better after the break.

They had an early sight of goal again when Ryan Wallace played in Danny Denholm.

Denholm shaped himself for the shot but failed to get his effort on target.

There really wasn't much to write home about from then on in, Agnew's free-kick which was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Fleming the only chance of note.

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Boss Darren Young said : “Overall it was a great performance and good to get the clean sheet.

“We had some brilliant clearances and put our bodies on the line.

“We limited them to few chances and that’s down to the guys leading from the front with Anton and Ryan Wallace working so hard to close down the full backs and the centre halves.”