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Oli Anderson previews today’s match against Forfar Athletic.

East Fife host Forfar Athletic at the newly named MGM Timber Bayview Stadium this weekend. The Fifer’s are coming off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Stranraer last weekend, whereas Ray Mackinnon’s Loons drew 1-1 away at Bonnyrigg on Tuesday night. Forfar are sat 5th in the cinch League Two table with 34 points after 25 games. The Fifers are hot on their tale, in 7th place with 33 after 26.


In Forfar’s last 6, they have recorded 12 points, winning 3 and drawing three. However, the Loons are without a win in their last three, sharing the spoils in their last three outings.

East Fife’s fluctuating form has recorded them 7 points in their last 6, with the highs of a 2-0 victory against league leaders Dumbarton, but the lows of defeat against Stranraer (twice), as well as Annan Athletic.

The cinch League Two Table:












Stirling Albion





Annan Athletic










Forfar Athletic





Elgin City





East Fife










Albion Rovers





Bonnyrigg Rose




Last Week

The Visitors

On Tuesday, it was a late Kieran McGachie goal which denied Forfar all three points, when they faced Bonnyrigg Rose. Ex-Fifer Mark Docherty won Forfar the penalty, which was converted by Ben Armour to give the Loons the lead after 72 minutes of play. This did not dishearten Bonnyrigg who clawed their way back into the tie and levelled the scoring from a free kick with just 3 minutes to play.

The Fife

East Fife succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Stair Park last weekend, when they fell to Stranraer, in a disappointing showing.

The performance and result were a stark contrast to the Black and Gold’s form in recent weeks.

The hosts started quickly, doing lots of damage, forcing Allan Fleming into a tricky save within 90 seconds of play. There was more for the East Fife back line to do five minutes later, as a stramash in the box led to a square ball being cleared by one of the Fifers.

The deadlock was broken by Stranraer after just 13 minutes of action. Anton Brady glided down the left, and floated a cross right along the goal line to be converted by forward Matt Grant.

After the restart, Fife had two half chances, the first coming from Aidan Denholm, who’s header forced a save from the Stranraer keeper, and the second came from Jack Healy. The youngster done well on the left flank to break into the box, but his resulting shot was high and wide.

The half closed with Stranraer on the ascendency again, causing many a problem in the 18-yard box. East Fife had to dig in defensively to only be one down at the break.

Half-Time: Stranraer 1-0 East Fife.

It went from bad to worse for the Fifers at the start of the second half, as the Blues doubled their advantage within 5 minutes of the restart. Killie loanee Aaron Brown done very well to control Ngandu’s pass before laying it off for James Hilton, making it 2-0 in what was an all too easy move.

The game ground to a halt after the second goal went in, as Stranraer were able to settle down, and marshal the play. Fife could not break the Blues down, who were first to every ball in the contest.

The visitors’ best chance came with 10 minutes to go, as Scott Shepherd broke through, although his good shot was met with a better save from Connelly to keep the Stranraer clean sheet intact.

Squad News

Ins: We welcome Connor Young to the Squad from Rangers on loan til the end of the season. The young striker will be available for selection this weekend.

Outs: Unfortunately, Pat Slattery and Aidan Quinn both remain injured ahead of Saturday. Also, Adam Mansouri has joined Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts on loan until the end of the season, so is no longer available.

Previous Encounter

The last time the two sides met was all the way back in October, when the Fifers were in a rich vein of form under then interim boss Greig McDonald.

The game started bitty, with neither side able to really get the ball on the ground and play, although Fife looked the better outfit in the contest. The match also allowed youngster Ryan Schiavone to open his goalscoring account. The striker took the game by the scruff of the neck and pounced on a chance to open the scoring after 42 minutes. He wasn’t content with one either, as he popped another one past the keeper thanks to a fantastic Alex Ferguson pass in first have stoppage time, doubling the Fife’s lead and his goal tally.

Half Time: Forfar Athletic 0-2 East Fife.

After the interval, ex-Fifer Mark Docherty got involved in the action, however, not the action he had perhaps planned, as he fired a low cross into the back of his own net to make it 3-0 for the Fife.

Despite the game being a forgone conclusion, Kevin Hanratty was not prepared to give up as he lashed a terrific long-range effort into the bottom left corner, beating Allan Fleming on the way past. That was the final opportunity for Forfar though, and East Fife left Station Park with three points and 3 goals too.

Team Colours

East Fife are back in their home kit this week, donning the tartan shirt with black shorts and socks. The ‘keeper will wear the all turquoise kit for the tie.

The away side will be clad in all white for the tie, with black shorts. The Loons Goalkeeper will be dressed in all purple for the match.


Our on-pitch official for Saturday will be Steven Kirkland. His two assistants running the lines are Douglas Ross and Steven Reid.

Match Tickets

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 will be valid for the game.

Turnstiles will be open from 2pm.

Prices Below:

Adult- £18

Concessions- £14

U16s- £5

*Parent & Child- £21

*Parent & 2 Children- £24.   

*Tickets must be purchased in person

All child members 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.

Live Stream

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.


Due to the high number of customers using our hospitality, we will be opening “Jim’s Bar” downstairs from 12.15pm for pre-game refreshments. The pie stalls will open prior to kick-off and will also be open at half time. Both cash and card are accepted at the pie stalls. The club shop will open at 1.30pm this afternoon.


The Bayview Programme issue 18 is available from vendors outside of the stadium for £2.50. Also, half time draw tickets will be available pre-match.