Oli Anderson previews tomorrow’s match against Annan Athletic.
The Fifers return to action this week after a gap in the schedule due to Cup ties. We host Annan Athletic at Bayview in what is a crucial clash for the Fifers. The Galabankies currently find themselves sat in 8th in the cinch League Two table, but the race for the playoffs is extremely tight as there is only nine points separating 3rd to 10th in the table. A fortnight ago, Fife were on the wrong end of the score line, losing out 3-1 to title challengers Stirling Albion. The backline took a while to warm into the game and we found ourselves 2 goals down inside the opening 10 minutes. The Black and Gold found themselves on the ascendency for the remainder of the game but unfortunately left themselves with too much to do.
The visitors drew 1-1 with Stranraer in a game with little chances, Annan only registering 2 shots over the 90 minutes. They have matched East Fife’s form over the last 5 games too, also winning 2, losing 2 and drawing 1.
Aaron Steele’s one-game suspension has now been completed so he will return to the squad this week. Also, talisman Ryan Schiavone has come back from his hamstring injury and is available for selection against the Galabankies. Our long-term injury list remains the same, as McManus, Walls, Omar and Gallacher are still side-lined.
East Fife are back in their home kit this week, donning the tartan top, with black shorts and socks. The ‘keeper will wear the standard neon yellow kit.
The away side will be clad in their red and black top, accompanied with their matching red and black shorts and socks. The Annan goalkeeper will be dressed in all blue for the match.
When the Fifers travelled south to Galabank for the 8th matchday of the season, the two sides shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. The Fifers started fast, and a first half brace from number 9 Scott Shepherd handed Fife the advantage. Hopefully Shepherd can match his scoring form from that performance as he has failed to find the net since.
Despite the impressive 1st 45 minutes, Annan were the better team for the second period and striker Tommy Goss matched Shepherd, scoring 2 goals in 3 minutes, splitting the points on the day.
East Fife Team:
On the day, Fife lined up with a back 4, a midfield 4 and Trouten playing just off of Shepherd:
A. Fleming, Mercer (Healy 84’), Steele, Denham, Murdoch, Steven (Newton 66’), Millar, Ferguson, Williamson (Baldé 66’) Trouten, Shepherd (Schiavone 82’)
Annan Athletic Team:
Annan played with two banks of 4 and a bank of 2 last time out, attempting to contain the Fife attack:
G. Fleming, Barnes (Luissint 45’), Hooper, Kilsby, Lowdon (Hunter 45’), Johnston, Lyon (McCartney 65’), Docherty, Wallace, Muir, Goss.
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 this game.
Turnstiles will be open from 2pm.
Adult - £18
Concessions - £15
U16s - £5
Parent & Child - £21
Parent & 2 Children - £24.
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.
No live stream is available to viewers with the UK & Ireland.
Viewers outside the UK & Ireland can watch the match via East Fife TV with a monthly or season pass
The on-pitch official this weekend will be Colin Whyte, and his two assistants running the lines will be Sean Carr and Scott Anderson.
The stadium bar will be open from 12.15pm for pre-game refreshments. The pie stalls will open prior to kick-off and will remain open until after half-time.
The Bayview Programme issue 11 is available from vendors outside of the stadium for £2.50. Also, half time draw tickets will be available pre-match.
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Tickets for our cinch League Two match against Annan Athletic on Saturday 3rd December at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium are now on sale and can be purchased here.
Adults - £18
Concessions* - £14
Under 16s** - £5
Parent & Child** - £21
Parent & 2 Children** - £24
*Over 65s/Full-Time Students/Disabled – proof of age/eligibility may be requested
**Proof of age may be requested.
All member of East Fife Community Football Club & East Fife Girls & Womens’ Football Club who are under 16 go free with a paying adult or as part of an organised group for all cinch League Two matches at Bayview this season. Tickets for this are arranged through EFCFC.
Season tickets are valid for this match.
There are no cash turnstiles at Bayview and supporters are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online. Online sales are available right up until kick off. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 01333 426323 or directly from the club office.
Please note, parent and child tickets cannot be purchased online and should be bought directly from the club office.
As we approach the packed Christmas Fixture list, the Fifers are sat in 4th place, the last available playoff spot with 21 points from 15 games. We are one point shy of 3rd place Elgin City, and just one point ahead of the chasing pack, Stenhousemuir and Stranraer. We face important games in the coming weeks, hosting 8th and 9th place Annan Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose, before two tricky ties, against two other teams eyeing up promotion, first hosting Stranraer, and then travelling to the league leaders’ Dumbarton on Christmas Eve.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
The first quarter saw us gather 11 points from our opening 9 games, recording wins against Elgin City, Albion Rovers and Forfar Athletic. We shared the spoils with Stranraer and Annan Athletic and were unfortunately left empty handed after the games against 1st and 2nd placed Dumbarton and Stirling Albion as well as newly promoted Bonnyrigg Rose and Stenhousemuir too. So far after 6 games this quarter we have tallied up 10 points and look set to improve on the first round of games’ tally. We have matched our results against Elgin City and Forfar Athletic and greatly improved on our result against Bonnyrigg Rose, taking three points in all of those games. We also turned our loss against Stenhousemuir into a draw. Unfortunately, we lost to Albion Rovers and Stirling Albion despite incredible performances.
We have seen the clear improvement in the side over the progression of the season, and this is crystal clear in our two games against newly promoted Bonnyrigg Rose. We suffered our worst league defeat to them at the start of this season, being on the receiving end of a 3-0 hammering. However, the boys turned up at New Dundas Park with fire in their bellies and despite going a goal behind after 90 seconds, the Fifers recorded their biggest league win since August 2021, digging deep and playing freely as they ran out 4-1 winners.
In all competitions this season, there is a two-way tie for top scorer, with Scott Shepherd and Alan Trouten having both scored 6 this season. Ryan Schiavone follows closely, having slotted home 5 this season for the Black and Gold. Shepherd leads the way with goal involvements having scored or set up a goal every second game. Trouten has maintained his stellar penalty kick success rate, having scored all five penalties that he has stepped up to take this season. Youngster Schiavone is our most prolific goalscorer this season and was hitting very fine form before his picking up a knock before the home win vs Elgin City. Schiavone saw back-to-back braces, in the 3-1 win at Forfar Athletic, followed by the previously mentioned win against Bonnyrigg Rose.
So far there have been many moments for the Fife this season. However, one of the biggest has to have been Allan Fleming’s amazing reaction save in our 1-0 win against Albion Rovers at the start of the season. His performance was one of the main reasons that we walked away with 3 points on the day. Another game saving moment came at the hands of local lad Jack Healy, whose outstanding curled effort rescued a point on the road at Ochilview Park against Stenhousemuir. The last kick of the game was certainly one to remember for the young lad, who has scored 3 goals against Stenhousemuir this season. The third moment is the man of the moment, Joao Balde, and his remarkable brace against Albion Rovers. Despite walking away empty handed, Balde opened his East Fife account in style, putting in the performance of the season, covering all areas of the pitch on the day.
We’re pleased to announce that half-season tickets for our 2022/23 campaign are now on sale.
Half-season tickets are valid for 9 home cinch League 2 matches over the second half of this season starting with the visit of Stranraer on Saturday 17th December and prices have been confirmed as follows:
Adults - £145
Concessions - £115
Students (16-19) - £65
Under 16s - £25
Tickets can be purchased online here or by contacting the club office on 01333 426323.
Please note, those purchasing concession or age-discounted season tickets may be asked for proof of age/disability.
All members of East Fife Community Football Club under 16 years old will continue to be entitled to free admission to all SPFL cinch League Two games at Bayview when accompanied by an adult, or as part of an organised group. Distribution of tickets for these games are being handled by the EFCFC.
Jack Healy has signed a 1-year extension to his current contract, keeping his at Bayview until the summer of 2024.
The 20-year-old midfielder made the step up from the under 20s at the start of 2022 following a successful loan spell at East Stirlingshire in the first half of the 2021/22 season where he earned great reviews from both the Shire’s management team and supporters before being recalled in January.
Manager Greig McDonald commented: “Jack is a local lad and I’m pleased he has committed his future to the club. He’s enjoying his football and has been working hard to develop his all-round game. I’m sure he will continue to do well for the club over the next couple of years”.
To date, Jack has featured on 35 appearances for the club since making his debut as a 17-year-old in November 2019. His 5 goals have all come during this campaign including memorable late equalisers against Stranraer and Stenhousemuir.