Forfar sink deeper into relegation waters

FORFAR Athletic sunk deep into the relegation dog-fight on Saturday, when they were thumped four-one by East Fife at Station Park.

This was a really poor performance by the Loons, and if they don’t buck their ideas up in the coming month they could be playing third division footie next season.

Scott Dalziel put the visitors ahead with a clinical finish after latching on to Neil Janczyk’s pass from the left in the 15th minute.

Janczyk was once again the provider three minutes later, his cross finding Ryan Wallace who headed into the top corner to double the Fifers lead.

Kevin Byers halved the deficit with a close range poke home after 32 minutes, but Wallace collected Darren Smith’s pass eight minutes into the second half before firing past Forfar goalkeeper Greg Paterson to restore the away side’s two-goal lead.

Substitute Craig Johnstone set up Dalziel to secure the win for John Robertson’s team two minutes into injury time, condemning the hosts to their third defeat in four games.

With the Loons facing the top three sides in the division away from home, and with only the one home match to go they are going to have to go some to avoid the drop into division three.

Forfar Athletic - Paterson, McCulloch, Shaughnessy, Iain Campbell, Ross (Coyne), Bolocheweckyj, Byers (Ross Campbell), Fotheringham, Motion (Hegarty), Templeman and Hilson.

East Fife - Michael Brown, Durie, McCormack, Campbell, Ovenstone, Linn (Johnstone), Darren Smith (Muir), Janczyk, Robert Sloan (Hislop), Dalziel and Wallace.