We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Ben MacKenzie on a development loan from St. Johnstone. Ben has been first choice for St. Johnstone’s development side this season and joined up with the East Fife’s squad for today’s game v Forfar Athletic.
Welcome to Bayview Ben!
We can confirm that Mark Hurst has been recalled to St. Johnstone following the completion of his loan spell.
Mark joined the club for a second time in August 2017 following a successful spell last season and went on to take his tally of East Fife appearance to 37 which included 10 clean sheets. Highlights of his time at Bayview include a terrific double save against Livingston in March 2017 and a sensational stop to ensure East Fife claimed a point against Stranraer back in September.
Everyone at East Fife would like to thank Mark for his contribution during his time at Bayview and wish him all the best for the remainder of the season and beyond.
East Fife welcome Jim Weir’s Forfar Athletic tomorrow afternoon to Bayview Stadium as they aim to put last Saturday’s Scottish Cup defeat to Brora Rangers behind them.
Manager Darren Young was forthright in his comments following the cup exit, expressing his frustration at the poor defending that resulted in conceding the only goal of the game. The Fifers dominated proceedings after the break but were unable break down a well marshalled Brora defence. The men from Station Park were last in action a fortnight ago, seeing off the challenge of Albion Rovers in the league, with goals from Mark Millar, Andy Munro and a Michael Travis double securing a 4-2 victory.
Despite the visitors’ league position East Fife know that the Loons are more than capable of providing tough opposition and will need no reminding of the outcome the last time the sides met in November, with Forfar running out 2-0 winners at Station Park. The previous encounter in September saw a much better performance from the Methil men when Chris Duggan’s early goal paved the way for a 3-0 success. Mark Docherty was the other man on target, converting two penalty kicks in an impressive display from the team.
One of the few positives from last Saturday was the appearance of new signing Craig Thomson from St Johnstone. The Aberhill based wide midfielder came on as a second-half substitute and should be a valuable addition to the squad. The return of Craig Watson from injury could also prove timely with Aaron Dunsmore set to miss tomorrow’s clash through suspension. Also available for selection is new signing, goalkeeper Ben McKenzie, who put pen to paper in a loan deal until the end of the season.
Supporters of both clubs are reminded that they are welcome to enjoy refreshments at the stadium bars before and after the game.
Thank you to Dave Marshall who has sponsored the Stadium until 2020. It will now be known as Locality Hub Bayview Stadium.
Many thanks to Dave for his contribution to East Fife FC.
Jim Stevenson - Chairman