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Three-star Fifers sweep Montrose aside to go seven points clear in SPFL League Two

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Bayview pre-Montrose

 (Copright: East Fife Football Club)

East Fife 3 (Page 13’, Campbell 16’, N Austin 24’)  Montrose 0

East Fife XI: Kelly, Mercer, Kerr, Page, Naysmith (Mullen 77’), Wilkie, Campbell (Brown 86’), Slattery, Smith, N Austin, Insall (Coote 78’)

Subs not used: Goodfellow, McManus, O’Kane, J Austin

Montrose XI: Millar, Comrie, Steeves, Masson, Clarke (Harwood 29’), Pascazio, McWalter (Ferguson 56’), Webster, Fraser (Milne 82’), Campbell, Mallagaray.

Subs not used: Butter, Martynuik, Hester, McLeod

Booked: Masson, Fraser (Montrose)

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance: 854

East Fife hauled themselves seven points clear at the top of SPFL League Two in the race for the title with a fine 3-0 victory over Montrose at Bayview.

Three goals in eleven first-half minutes were all that was needed for Gary Naysmith’s men as another quick start put the Methil men into a commanding position.

East Fife opened the scoring with some quick-thinking as a short corner found Kevin Smith who drilled the ball across the box for Jason Kerr to shoot but after a flick and a deflection Jonathan Page wheeled away in delight claiming the opener.

The Fifers came forward again and just three minutes later doubled the advantage as skipper Smith won a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Stevie Campbell stepped up and lashed the ball home into the top corner of the net in emphatic fashion to notch his second of the campaign.

Nathan Austin then quickly added a third for the East Fife as gaffer Naysmith played an inch perfect ball over the top and Fash latched onto it to slot home past Jordan Millar in the Montrose goal.

With 24 minutes on the clock the Fifers were in command at Bayview and it could've been more as Kyle Wilkie saw an effort fly wide of the mark following another set-piece.

East Fife were well worth the lead at the break holding Montrose to little action in front of Liam Kelly’s goal.

The second half began in much the same vein with Wilkie seeing two efforts narrowly miss the target from distance.

Campbell then came closest to adding to the lead though, as a low driven effort from the edge of the box almost squirmed underneath Millar in the visitor’s net.

Naysmith’s men were relatively untroubled as the Fifers held on to extend the lead at the top of the SPFL League Two table to seven points with three games remaining.

Kerr lifts Fifers over Arbroath at Gayfield Park

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Gayfield Park

(Copyright: East Fife Football Club)

Arbroath 0 East Fife 1 (Kerr 26)

Arbroath XI: Fleming, Wilson (Williams 70), Little, Munro, Lowdon, Linn, Whatley, Gold, Ramsay, Rutherford (Reid 76), Skelly (Hester 61)

Subs not used: Johnston, Alvarez, Stewart, Brodie

East Fife XI: Kelly, Mercer, Kerr, Page, Naysmith (Mullen 72), Brown (Murray 57), Slattery, Campbell, Smith, Wilkie, Smith, Austin (McManus 86)

Subs not used: Goodfellow, Coote, O'Kane, Insall

Booked: Smith (East Fife)

Referee: Graham Beaton

East Fife moved four points clear at the top of SPFL League Two following Saturday's 1-0 win over Arbroath at Gayfield Park.


Queen's Park hold Fifers to Bayview draw

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Jamie Insall goal v Queens Park

(Copyright: Jim Corstorphine)

East Fife 1 (Insall 2') Queen's Park 1 (Duggan 21')


Fifers down Stirling in Forthbank rout

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Stirling Albion celebration

(Copyright: Kenneth MacKay)

Stirling Albion 0 East Fife 6 (Brown 3, Smith 16, Austin 73, 78, Campbell 85, Coote 87)

Stirling Albion XI: Smith, Johnston, Forsyth, Robertson, Buist (McGeachie 20), McMillan, McLear, Dickson (Olanrewaju 65), Doris, Smith (Beattie 74), Lamont

Subs not used: Comrie, Mazel, Binnie

East Fife XI: Kelly, Mercer, Kerr, Page, Naysmith (Mullen 80), Brown (Coote 83), Campbell, Slattery, Wilkie, Insall (Austin 71), Smith.

Subs not used: Goodfellow, McManus, Murray, O’Kane

Referee: Steven Reid

Attendance: 709 (198 Fifers)

East Fife produced a performance to remember on Saturday as Gary Naysmith’s men romped to a 6-0 victory over Stirling Albion at Forthbank.

The clock had barely three minutes on it before East Fife broke the deadlock through midfielder Ross Brown.

Kevin Smith broke down the left and swung in a ball that eventually fell to Brown who at the second attempt calmly slotted home past Chris Smith in the Stirling goal.

The skipper then himself added a second to the scoresheet just thirteen minutes later as he latched onto a through ball.

Smith gathered with a magnificent touch and unleashed a volley which took a deflection and looped over the Binos stopper who was left stranded once again.

The Fifers continued to press forward but it was Stirling who came back into the game as Sean Dickson and Darren Smith saw efforts fly well over the bar in quick succession.

Stuart McLaren’s side pushed on but failed to break the Fifers backline as the Methil men entered half-time with the lead.

The second period got off to a competitive start with the hosts continuing to enjoy much of the play but the game was flipped on its head with the introduction of Nathan Austin in the 71st minute.

Austin took just two minutes to make an impact as Kyle Wilkie’s clever reverse ball found the striker with the freedom of the Binos box and he duly obliged with a composed finish.

Fash was then involved again just five minutes later as he nodded home a Kevin Smith cross to make it 4-0 and all but seal the points for East Fife.

Stevie Campbell added to the scoresheet with his first of the season after dancing through the Stirling defence to slot home before late substitute Ali Coote added a sixth from close range as the Fifers secured an emphatic victory.

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1 East Fife 36 21 62
2 Elgin City 36 13 59
3 Clyde 36 11 57
4 Queen's Park 36 14 56
5 Annan Athletic 36 12 56
6 Berwick Rangers 36 -5 49
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