PARS midfielder Joe Chalmers insists that there's "a lot of work to be done" if they are to go on and clinch the League One title.

The 29-year-old, who returned to the side for Saturday's win at Montrose, providing an assist for Lewis McCann's opener into the bargain, having missed his first game of the season against FC Edinburgh the previous week, also believes that this weekend's opponents have provided three of their toughest assignments this season.

The victory at Links Park has moved Dunfermline 11 points clear of second placed Falkirk at the top of League One, with seven games left, as an instant return to the Championship moves closer within reach.

Chalmers and his team-mates are, however, thinking only of picking up another success when Kelty Hearts visit KDM Group East End Park for the fourth, and final, Fife derby of the campaign on Saturday – and not when they could potentially secure silverware.

"The manager keeps drilling it in, and all the players know, there's still work to be done," he told Press Sport.

"There's still a lot of tough games against teams that have caused us problems this season. There's a lot of work to be done but this is the position that, at the start of the season, we wanted to find ourselves in.

"Hopefully it can continue, but that's only by doing exactly what we've done since we came back, and that's working hard, and trying to out fight and out run teams.

"As long as we keep doing that, hopefully we'll be fine."

On this weekend's opponents, who drew at Falkirk last Friday night for their seventh point from four meetings with the Bairns, which secured their League One status in the process, Chalmers continued: "I would say three of the hardest games, for me personally, that we've faced this season, have been the three Kelty games.

"The first one was a draw away there, the other away game there, we were down and managed to turn it around, and then the home game, at East End, Kelty would have probably deserved a draw out of that game.

"I've actually been really impressed with three games we've played against them, and I'm surprised that they find themselves where they do. Going off those games, I thought they would've been higher up the table. We're expecting a tough game.

"From the games we've played against them, I'm not surprised they've taken those points (against Falkirk) because I've been really impressed with them. They've fought hard, they've got some good players that can take the ball, and they've got pace and attacking options up front.

"I can only off the games we've played against them and I'm not surprised at that because they're three of the toughest games we've faced all season."