YOU could probably have written the script before a ball was even kicked.
East Fife went into this crucial relegation crunch knowing they really needed to take all three points to haul in eighth placed Stranraer.
A win would have left the Fifers two points behind, although Stranraer do have a game in hand, with the vast majority of their remaining league fixtures on their home patch.
It would have put some real pressure on Stranraer knowing that one slip up could see the Methil side leap-frog them and out of the relegation play-off zone.
But, typically, the Fifers were once again outdone by their Achilles heel - the ability to lose goals in the most scrappy and careless fashion.
On this occasion it was Darren Gribben who did the damage when the Fifers failed to clear a corner and the Stranraer front man was able to turn past Brown.
Current Bayview boss Billy Brown again hit out at the manner in which the opener was lost
He said: “That was an absolutely pathetic goal.
“The number of goals we’ve lost from about six inches from out goal line is incredible.
“There was nothing in the game; we created very little.
“There’s definitely not enough desire at this club to get results.
“There isn’t any sort of winning mentality here at all.
“Ever since I’ve come here I’ve felt an air of gloom and despondency.
“It’s very difficult for me to be in the positions that we’ve been in but we keep fighting until the end.”
The Fifers did have the better of the first half with long range drives from Scott Durie and Bobby Barr fired at David Mitchell’s goal.
David Muir also went close for the Methil side.
Gribben’s goal all but looked to have all but consigned East Fife to, at best, the relegation play-off zone.
But the Fifers were handed a lifeline in the dying moments when they were awarded a penalty kick which Scott McBride dispatched with little fuss.
This weekend the Fifers face Stenhousemuir at Bayview.