FORFAR Athletic’s bid to escape from the nether reaches of the Scottish second division were dealt a blow when they were hit for four at East Fife on Saturday.
They were behind to a spot kick conversion in 11 minutes, Robert Sloan netting after Nicky Low had fouled Steven Hislop.
Sloan soon doubled his tally with a superb 25-yard drive and then set up Hislop to head home on 36 minutes.
Ryan Wallace claimed the hosts’ fourth 20 minutes from the end with Sloan once again providing the assist.
The result leaves Forfar in third bottom spot, with two more away games in quick succession - at Arbroath on Wednesday evening and at Albion Rovers next Saturday.
East Fife - Brown, Durie, Campbell, White, Cook, Linn, Muir, Janczyk, Sloan, Hislop (Dalziel)and Wallace (McQuade).
Forfar Athletic - McCallum, Wilson, Shaughnessy, Iain Campbell, McCulloch, Byers (Mowat), Sellars (Coyne), Fotheringham (Ross Campbell), Low, Templeman and Hilson.