Second Division: Debut loss for East Fife’s Billy Brown

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EAST Fife’s newly appointed manager Billy Brown suffered a disappointing start to his career at New Bayview as the Fifers went down 1-0 to visitors Alloa.

Both teams had gone into the game after disappointing defeats last weekend in the Scottish Cup, as Elgin stunned the Methil Men 5-1 whilst Alloa lost 7-0 to Rangers, but it was the Wasps who bounced back the highest.

The winning goal came on 32 minutes when a Ryan McCord free kick was not dealt with by the home defence and Graeme Holmes did not hang about before smashing the ball home.

Alloa were deservedly leading by this stage and Brown had a blast at his players at half-time which improved things on the resumption, however they never quite built up a sufficient head of steam to force a leveller.

Brown, who took over last Monday following Gordon Durie’s resignation after three months away from football due to illness, said, “The first half was pretty disappointing and we were actually lucky that it was only the one goal we were behind.”

“We had a bit more appetite in the second, but could not create a goal.”

Visiting boss Paul Hartley said, “We knew that with having a new manager in East Fife would come at us at some stage of the game. They did that in the second half but we still created chances. It was a good three points and good to see the boys performing well after last Saturday’s disappointment.”

In the only other Second Division game played, Stenhousemuir and Ayr had to settle for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw. Michael Moffat fired the Honest Men ahead midway through the second half and Darren Smith replied when he headed home after a John Gemmell shot was only partially saved.