31 August 2016
Today's winning numbers drawn in Burt's Bar, Buckhaven are 5, 6, 14, 19. There were no jackpot winners but 4 runners up each winning a tenner. The new jackpot is £1,900.00 and will be drawn in The Station Bar, Leven on Wed. 7th September 2016 at 1pm. The runners up are B Kirkwood (Mr Mechanics, Buckhaven), Susan Walton (Burt's Bar, Buckhaven) Linda Connor (Kennoway Bowling Club) and Alan Thrupp (Bank Hotel, Anstruther)
30 August 2016
Ladbrokes League 1, Bayview Stadium, Saturday 27th August 2016
East Fife 1 (Robinson 33’)
Brechin City 2 (Caldwell 3’, Graham 49’)
East Fife XI: Goodfellow, Mercer, Kane (Austin 86’), Page, Kerr, Lamont, Wilkie, Robinson, Naysmith, McManus, O’Hara (Wallace 68’)
Subs Not Used: Hurst, Brown, Mutch
Brechin City XI: G. Smith, C. O’Neil (McLean 73’), Dyer, E. Smith, Hill, Rodger, Dale, Graham (Lynas 88’), Jackson, Caldwell, Love
Subs Not Used: Ford, Fusco, McCormack, Dodds, P. O’Neil
Referee: Grant Irvine
East Fife suffered their first home league defeat of the season as they went down 2-1 to Brechin City at Bayview. East Fife made 3 changes to the team that lost to Alloa Athletic the previous Saturday with Ryan Goodfellow, Mark Lamont and Kevin O’Hara coming in for the injured Kevin Smith, Ross Brown and Wullie Muir who departed during the week. Prior to the match Paul McManus was presented with a trophy commemorating his 200th East Fife appearance in our 3-0 victory against Peterhead earlier in the month.
Brechin were ahead after only 3 minutes when Jason Kerr was caught out at the back and Ross Caldwell took full advantage to knock in to give the visitors an early lead. Brechin had a couple of changes to add to their advantage in the opening half hour when first Caldwell’s shot was deflected behind for a corner before Gareth Rodger tried his luck from 35-yards. In truth, the latter was only a half chance at best as the ball sailed high over the crossbar but in a game with very little to write about this proved to be one of the few highlights.
East Fife finally found their feet 15 minutes before half time and went close to levelling the match when Kyle Wilkie’s header glanced past the post. A goal did arrive on 33 minutes when Scott Robinson fired home the rebound after Paul McManus’ original shot was blocked. The goal sparked life into the home side and they looked the most likely to score next. Kevin O’Hara did have the ball in the net but the offside flag was raised much to the disappointment of the home fans.
The second half started in the same manner as the first with Brechin retaking the lead after East Fife failed to clear their lines. Finn Graham pounced on a loose ball and fired into the top right hand corner leaving Goodfellow with no chance. This proved to be the only real action of a poor second half. East Fife had a couple of half chances with O’Hara’s header deflected behind and Wilkie firing past the post but these were never going to trouble Graeme Smith in the Brechin goal. The only excitement of the second half occurred when a section of the home support, who hadn’t brushed up on the new rules for this season, took exception to Andy Jackson being allowed to remain on the field after treatment following a clash with Jason Kerr for which Kerr was booked.
After the match Manager Gary Naysmith spoke to East Fife TV:
“The second goal last week was a mistake and then the two goals today were mistakes, and stepping up a level we can’t do that. That’s the biggest thing. We were a bit short today in terms of personnel, I have to say that as well, we aren’t a good enough team to cover the likes of Pat, Kevin Smith, Chris Duggan, even Ross Brown was sitting on the bench but had been up all night with a stomach bug so he couldn’t go on unless we had an emergency so we had a very limited bench today and that’s an excuse when you’re trying to change the game and get back into the game, but the team that started was still a good team. We were just short of options to change it but, as I said to the players, it doesn’t matter 7, 10 or 15 injuries, if you defend how we defend, we’re not going to win any games.”
“For whatever reason the lads are a little bit fragile and you lose a goal, you lose your way a bit, passes were ragged. We gradually we started working into it, we worked on Kyle coming in and Mercer getting wide and that was a positive bit of play and then we got the goal. We said its one of these games that can go either way but we never started the second half right and direct from a throw in they’ve scored a goal. That’s disappointing cause we’ve worked on defending against throw ins at training, so for a team to score like that is extremely disappointing. It isn’t one person that’s making the mistakes, the lads over the course of the team are making mistakes and we’re getting punished for them just now. We struggling a bit just now to play our normal type of game and it hurts cause we’ve not been used to losing in the last 7 or 8 months, you get the sporadic loss here and there but that’s two on the bounce now.”
Ladbrokes SPFL Division One
Saturday, 27th August 2016
East Fife 1-2 Brechin City
Irn Bru Cup Third Round
Alloa Athletic v East Fife
Saturday, 3rd September at 3pm