The Fifers return to Bayview for yet another nail-biting encounter in cinch League Two, this time against the Blues, Stranraer. East Fife head into this fixture recording 4 points in their last two games, remaining unbeaten in the new year. Last weekend saw a stalemate with Stenhousemuir, the game ending 1-1 being heavily influenced by the adverse weather conditions. Stranraer on the other hand are coming to Methil off of a 4-0 annihilating at the hands of Albion Rovers in their own back garden. They went one down just before the break, and in the second 45 Albion got going, scoring 3 in the first ten minutes of the second half to put the game out of sight.
The league standings are still FAR too close for comfort. Despite their being five places in the table separating us in fourth and Stranraer in ninth going into this weekend, there is only 3 points, so it is most definitely all to play for on Saturday.
Conor McManus is back in full training, completing ridding us of a long-term injury list, though this weekend may come too soon as he could require a couple of weeks to return to sharpness. After his knock left him out of what appears to be his favourite game of the season, against Stenny, Jack Healy also returned to training this week, and will be available, trusting he avoids any adverse reaction.
The two sides have only faced each other once so far this season, in a game that is largely remembered for the last kick of the ball.
In what was a high scoring game, it was the hosts who struck first, with Paul Woods scoring for Stranraer against the run of play. Fife showed heart, however, and equalised after another 7 minutes, with Schiavone latching onto a loose ball and firing home. The Blues restored their advantage before the break, with Luke Watt scoring from a set play after half an hour of action.
The second period was much less eventful, however, with just 25 minutes left on the clock, the hosts were down to 10 after goal scorer Watt was sent for an early shower after lashing out at Steele in an off-the-ball incident. In the closing stages, after all appeared lost for the Fifers, Healy sparked a moment of magic, and took the game by the scruff of the neck, one last time. He gathered the ball in the middle of the Stranraer half, and weaved between several Blues players, finding himself with a clear shot on goal, which he lashed past the ‘keeper, in off the underside of the crossbar to steal a point from the jaws of defeat.
This weekend we will see the battle of the Tartans, as the Blues come to Bayview clad in their White and Black Tartan third strip. Their goalkeeper will be in all pink for the affair.
The Fifers will be dressed in their usual Black and Gold tartan, accompanied with black shorts and socks, the ‘keeper will don the blue once more.
There will be no cash turnstiles for the game this weekend, and we encourage supporters to purchase their tickets online in advance. You can also get tickets from the club, either in person, or over the telephone at 01333 426323. Parent and Child tickets must be bought directly from the club office.
Season tickets are valid for the game.
Turnstiles will be open from 2pm.
Parent & Child- £21
Parent & 2 Children- £24.
All child members (U16) of EFCFC & EFG&WFC have been granted free admission with a paying adult or as part of an organised group for all of our home league matches this season! Tickets for this are organised through EFCFC. We hope to see as many of you present as possible, to help support the team.
Unfortunately for our fans in the UK and Ireland there will be no Livestream for the clash this weekend. However, for our global audience, the game can be watched on EFTV with a monthly or Season pass.
Our on-pitch official for Saturday will be Stewart Luke. His two assistants running the lines are Scott Anderson and Stuart Broadfoot.
The stadium bar will be open from 12.15pm for pre-game refreshments. The pie stalls will open prior to kick-off through to half-time. Our pie stalls now accept both cash and card payment.
The Bayview Programme issue 15 is available from vendors outside of the stadium for £2.50. Also, half time draw tickets will be available pre-match.