SAT 29TH JULY 2006: A v RAITH ROVERS (Pre-season Friendly)

On a day in which the recent heat wave decided to give Bayview a miss, and buoyed by the news received before kick off that Derrick Brown had now officially been ousted as Chairman by Willie Gray, as nearly forty brave souls gathered on the mound to take in our penultimate pre season friendly against our local rivals Raith Rovers.

A pretty good turn out for a meaningless friendly and not the best of places to do a match report from so apologies in advance for it not being up to our usual standards, but at least we're making an effort this season!!!

The attendance in the ground was woeful, as was to be expected, but it has to be said that Raith brought through a fair few travelling numbers to bolster the overall attendance. They also displayed another in the long list of reasons to hate the lino lickers as they hung an American flag beside a saltire. Terror state supporting bastards!

As Brown took his seat to a chorus of boos, the game started fairly evenly, with East Fife's best chance in the opening minutes being a Ryan Blackadder free kick that had the Raith keeper scrambling but went inches wide.

East Fife had an excellent chance to take the lead with 7 minutes on the clock as Scott Crabbe cut the ball back from the bye line but Neil Jablonski hit wide from a good position.

It was Raith though who took the lead when a ball in from the left ricocheted off a Fife defender straight into the path of Bayview reject Paul McManus who easily tapped in for 1-0 Rovers.

Five minutes later and the Fife players thought they had equalised but the effort was frantically cleared off the Rovers line.

The majority of the action for the rest of the first half took place off the pitch as Chicken Man made his long awaited return, easily avoiding the security at fortress Bayview to take his seat right next to Derrick Brown in the stands!

Derrick squirmed uncomfortably before someone called the police. We heard screaming police sirens in the distance and thinking it was obviously a big road accident or a burglary or gang fight or something major thought nothing off it. Well imagine everyone’s surprise (including Willie Gray who couldn’t believe the police had been called) when a police van and a police car arrived at Bayview and three police officers led Derrick away!

We'd hoped it was for wasting police time or crimes against East Fife but in the end Chicken Man, Igor and Dave Marshall (who were also amongst the few who managed to walk into the ground with ease) were spoken to and Chicken Man was asked to leave.

Another farcical incident surrounding a farcical character.

Back on the pitch and Blackadder was unlucky when his corker of a free kick curled and crashed off the bar from 35 yards out, with four minutes of the half remaining.

Two minutes later and the last chance of the half to force an equaliser saw Jonathan Smart head wide from a dangerous corner.

So, half time and it was Raith 1 East Fife 0 and Chicken Man 1 Broony 0.

The second half was a bit of an anti climax, with little to report.

Raith doubled their advantage on 65 minutes when the ball was played in from the wing and it was sidefooted into the top corner from six yards out for a well taken goal.

East Fife brought on a few subs and it was one of them, Craig Smart, who got a consolation goal back for the Fife, netting from close range with a minute remaining.

And that was pretty much it. The most worrying thing from this game was the inability to make too many chances and to not do better with the ones which we did get. We’ve only got one game now to get ready for the start of the campaign proper, so let’s hope we start clicking again like we did against Durham.

C'mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 1 - 2 Raith Rovers

EAST FIFE: I. Ross, D. Ross, Linton, McGowan (Mitchell 66), Courts, J. Smart, Fortune (Gordon 83), Jablonski, Martin (C. Smart 83), Crabbe (Ritchie 66), Blackadder

(A good mound attendance but another poor home support inside Bayview)

(A view from the mound)

(Chicken Man awaits)

(Chicken Man takes his seat)

(and what a seat! Right next to oor Deek!)

(ello ello ello, what's all this then?!)

(Derrick gets led away by the police - sadly not for wasting police time)

(Thumbs Up For A Job Well Done)