Stirling Albion make the journey east to Methil on Saturday as the first quarter of the Ladbrokes League 2 campaign draws to a close. It’s part one of an East Fife double header – we return on Scottish Cup duty on October 24.
Stuart McLaren’s men are aiming to improve on a record of just two wins in eight league matches so far while our only away victories in the past year have all come at Ochilview – twice against Stenhousemuir last season and in the recent meeting with East Stirlingshire.
Team news: Craig Beattie, Phil Johnston and Darren Smith remain out and Sean Dickson faces a late fitness test after missing last week’s 2-1 defeat to Queen’s Park with an Achilles problem. Sandy Cunningham and Lee Hamilton are doubtful after suffering from illness this week. Several of our U20s are likely to be among the subs.
Opponents: East Fife, who finished in the top four in 2014/15, lead the Ladbrokes League 2 table on goal difference from Queen’s Park after beating Montrose 4-1 at Links Park last weekend. Gary Naysmith’s side have won three of their four home games – defeating Berwick Rangers (5-0), Elgin City (2-1) and Clyde (1-0) but going down 1-0 to Arbroath. East Fife this week signed former Hamilton Accies defender Kieran MacDonald.
Past meetings: This is our first visit to Bayview since the memorable play-off win in May 2014, when late goals from Jordan White and Sandy Cunningham overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit and led us to promotion. We have a mixed record in Methil since the new stadium opened in 1998 but lost both meetings 1-0 to late Ryan Wallace goals when we were last in the same division in 2011/12.
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Admission: £13 adults, £10 concessions, £5 children
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Distance: Variety of routes but roughly miles 48 miles from Forthbank to Bayview
Next meeting: East Fife v Stirling Albion – 24/10/15 – Scottish Cup R2
Our next game: Clyde v Stirling Albion – 17/10/15