East Fife 0-1 Arbroath

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It was largely a day to forget for the Fifers on their home patch as bottom of the league Arbroath plundered all three points.

The visitors had arrived at Bayview in search of their first league win of the season.

East Fife proved to be the perfect hosts and allowed the Red Lichties to leave with the spoils.

To be fair, from early on in the first half, it was pretty clear that whoever scored the first goal of the game had probably done enough to win.

Chances were at a premium for both sides where the footballing cliché ‘a draw would have been a fair result’ applied.

In the end, a touch of class from former Fifer Bobby Linn was enough to separate the two sides.

East Fife were looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at Annan seven days previous.

But there was a bluntness about the home side as the slick, free-flowing football the support had been getting used to failed to appear.

Up front Nathan Austin was kept quiet by the Arbroath defence.

But at the other end the Fifers were also rarely troubled by Todd Lumsden’s side.

The impressive Spaniard Sergio Alvarez tried to poke and prod at a home backline which stood firm.

Bayview boss Gary Naysmith said in his pre-match notes that the fixture was as close to a derby as the Fifers have in the league this campaign.

Certainly down the past couple of seasons matches between the two have had a bit of needle.

But there was no real spark at the weekend despite the visitors having a few ex-Fifers on the park and within the Arbroath coaching team to add to the spice.

Both sides had a sight of goal in a tepid first half with Alvarez for the visitors and Jonathan Page for East Fife both going close.

The Fifers had disappointed in the opening 45 but started the second much livelier.

Kevin Smith had a sight of goal a couple of minutes after the re-start but he blazed high over the bar from inside the box.

Ricky Little should have put the visitors a goal up when he was afforded a free header eights yards from goal only to fluff his chance

The game looked as if it was heading for stalemate until Arbroath wrapped up their first win of the season.

The Fifers were caught dithering on the edge of their own box which ultimately led to a foul being given away.

They were punished by former Bayview midfielder Linn who sent a fine free-kick past Ryan Goodfellow in the East Fife goal.