FORFAR remain second top of the Second Division after a trip to the Kingdom of Fife on Saturday they may wish to forget.
Their outing to Methil to take on East Fife ended in a 3-0 defeat - the second game they have lost on the trot after a 3-2 home loss to Alloa two weeks ago, with Saturday’s result being their heaviest defeat of the season.
Things didn’t start well for the Angus side as they were missing several key players in Gavin Swankie, Odmar Faero, Keith Gibson and Barry Sellars, while Chris Templeman was on the bench for the first time this season.
However, defender Mick Dunlop was back in the line-up for the first time since returning from a month-long loan spell with third division East Stirling.
To add insult to injury they were dealt an early blow when, in the seventh minute, Martyn Fotheringham saw red for violent conduct for a lunge on Jordon Forster.
East Fife made their man advantage count and went in front on the brink of half-time when David Muir headed home from close range.
The hosts piled on the pressure early in the second half and had a number of chances to extend their lead further.
Paul McManus nearly made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute but his audacious 25-yard effort was tipped over the bar.
Scott Smith blasted home from 18 yards to make it 2-0 in the 89th minute before East Fife sealed the points when McManus struck the ball low past Derek Soutar in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
To their credit Forfar continued to press forward and East Fife had ‘keeper Calum Antell to thank more than once for maintaining the goal advantage.
Iain Campbell and Soutar also picked up yellow cards whilst Fotheringham’s sending off was the fourth red card of the season for the Loons.
Forfar manager Dick Campbell didn’t hold back on his criticism of his team
He said: “East Fife haven’t won 3-0 all season but they did today and they deserved it.
“They were just better than we were. We were absolutely terrible.
“I’m really unhappy and angry that we can give three goals away like that.”
Forfar: Soutar, McCulloch, Bolochoweckyj, Dunlop (Tulloch 87), Iain Campbell, Ross Campbell, Motion, Craigen, Kader (Templeman 70), Denholm (King 77), Fotheringham. Subs not used: Scott and Gray.
Forfar are on the road again this Saturday when they travel to Stair Park to face Stranraer who are currently sitting bottom of Scottish League Division Two.