FORFAR Athletic travelled to Gayfield on Saturday on the back of four victories in a row with hopes of adding a fifth to their tally.
Manager Dick Campbell made just the one change to the side that defeated Brechin City 1-0 the previous weekend with Mark McCulloch returning to replace Keith Gibson.
The Loons got off to a great start with a close range goal just four minutes in from Michael Bolochoweckyj.
Given an early boost the visitors looked keen to extended the lead further. Fotheringham had opportunity to add to the lead just moments later but his close range shot sailed high over the bar.
In the eighth minute Arbroath were on the attack but good work from Daniel Rennie was thwarted by Chris Templeman who cleared the ball to safety and Forfar were back on the front foot.
Just moments later a Templeman header was caught by home ‘keeper Scott Morrison.
Forfar were definitely looking dangerous for Arbroath and ‘keeper Derek Soutar was hardly troubled in the opening stages of the game.
The first opportunity for Arbroath came again from Rennie but he was blocked by a quick thinking Iain Campbell. Arbroath were quick to latch onto the rebound but Soutar ensured the Sky Blues stayed ahead.
Rennie again did well with a long mazy run a few minutes later where he made light work of the Forfar defence but Soutar made light work of the save.
In the 20th minute a Paul Sheerin corner provided another chance for the home side to score but Bolochoweckyj cleared it to safety.
Just before the half hour mark disaster struck for the visitors when goalscorer Bolochoweckyj was dismissed after a foul on Arbroath boss Sheerin.
Ross Campbell also picked up a booking in the subsequent argument with the referee.
Paul Sheerin’s free kick was cleared away by Odmar Faeroe.
The Loons picked up yet another booking for unsporting behaviour during stoppage time with Mark McCulloch on the receiving end.
Half time: Arbroath 0, Forfar Athletic 1
In the second half Arbroath came out on the attack but Forfar fought back just as strongly despite being down to 10 men.
The home side did not have long to wait before they got their equaliser.
In the 51st minute, Odmar Faeroe was ruled to have brought down Derek Holmes in the box.
Unfortunately for the visitors Steven Doris stepped up to take the resultant penalty and coolly slotted it into the net. Things went from bad to worse for the Loons when Steven Tulloch was shown a straight red for violent conduct just past the hour mark.
With half an hour to go both teams seemed to lose some momentum but Forfar did well to maintain the 1-1 scoreline with just nine men.
Team: Derek Soutar, Mark McCulloch, Iain Campbell, Michael Bolochoweckyj, Odmar Faeroe, Steven Tulloch, Ross Campbell, Martyn Fotheringham, Gavin Swankie, Chris Templeman, Danny Denholm. Subs: Barry Sellars, Kevin Motion, Charlie King, Omar Kader, David Scott.