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Jun 26, 2019, 7:45 AM
Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams
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East Fife v Albion Rovers, 1-0, H.T. 0-0, Att c.250, Admission £5, Free Teamsheets, Catering open
At New Bayview, Methil
This was an unexpected bonus – the chance to see how two SPFL teams are shaping up at such an early stage in pre season. In recent years I’ve seen some exotic opponents at New Bayview – Wolves, Fulham, Exeter, Plymouth, Notts County and Real Sociedad amongst them – this year it was the more mundane Albion Rovers providing the opposition.
This time last season everyone knew that Albion Rovers were in dire straits. Their then manager had recruited a posse of journeymen juniors that were inadequate for League Two level. The club realised their mistake early enough and had a complete about turn, sacking the manager and getting rid of the whole team. That, combined with the complete mismanagement of Berwick Rangers, allowed the Wee Rovers to retain their SPFL place. I don’t think they will be in any danger this season. They came to Methil with 22 players – and their starting eleven looked organised, fit and physically strong. Their shadow team of fringe players and trialists also looked to have something about them – credit is due to Kevin Harper for bringing about a trans formation.
East Fife always look disorganised at this stage of the season. Their annual churn of players is high but they usually manage to put together a decent team in time for the start of the real games. They had quite a few familiar faces in their line up and a few new ones – I was impressed with Lewis Hunter, a new signing from Stirling University, who scored the only goal of the game around the 80th minute.
It wasn’t the most coherent of matches but it was interesting enough. East Fife deserve praise for only charging a fiver for admission and for making sure catering outlets were open in both the home and away ends. Around 30 Albion Rovers diehards had made the trip through to Methil.
The Fife coast looked idyllic on a sunny evening with Largo Law in the background. From a distance Leven looks like an attractive place although close-up it is very unappealing. At least now you can see the view with the ugly Power Station having been demolished some years ago.