East Fife V Arbroath at Bayview Stadium : Match Preview

12 February 2016 02:34
East Fife V Arbroath - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

East Fife looking strong as Gary Naysmith celebrates landmark

East Fife player-manager Gary Naysmith has a fully fit and suspension-free squad for the visit of Arbroath - the former Scotland international's 100th game in charge.

Naysmith, whose men are second in the table, said: "We have had two tight games against Arbroath this season and have not picked up a win.

"They sneaked a 1-0 win at our place earlier this season and then we drew 1-1 in a game of two halves at theirs.

"We let top spot slip through our hands last weekend when we didn't finish Montrose off and ended up drawing 2-2. It would be good to make up for that with a win."

Sixth-placed Arbroath will be without former East Fife favourites Bobby Linn and Craig Johnstone due to knee injuries, while Jordan Lowdon is also struggling with a knock.

Boss Todd Lumsden said: "Bobby was the match-winner the last time we played at Bayview and he worked really hard to be ready for the game but he will not be available. Someone else can come in and use it as an opportunity to impress.

"East Fife have been strong throughout 2016 so this will be a tough game but one that we can win.

"A win would keep us close to the top four and that is the aim."

Source: PAR