Linn (23 mins)
Gilhaney (52), Graham (79)
EAST Fife were unable to get one up on bogey side Dumbarton, despite taking a first half lead.
John Robertson’s men knew a win would put them within just a couple of points of the Sons and keep the pressure up on the sides in the promotion play-off zone.
The home side got off to a flyer, with Bobby Linn linking well with both Scott Durie and Ryan Wallace during the early part of the game to test Marc McCallum in the Dumbarton goal.
Linn opened the scoring when he latched on to a long through ball and composed himself before beating McCallum.
Scott Dalziel was brought in to the starting XI to replace Steve Hislop, as manager Robertson chose to shuffle his pack following the previous weekend’s 4-0 win over Forfar.
The former Stenny man should have put the Fifers two goals up before the break when he connected with a Wallace cross, only to see his effort blocked by the Dumbarton ‘keeper.
But for every bit as good as East Fife were in the first half, they were just as poor in the second.
Fortune favoured Dumbarton as they grabbed an equaliser when Mark Gilhaney’s strike, which looked to be going wide, caught a deflection and beat Michael Brown.
Steve Hislop was brought on for the tiring Dalziel and the big striker tried to force home a second.
But, sadly, East Fife found themselves more and more on the back foot as the came went on, with Ally Graham nodding home a late winner.
East Fife - Brown, Durie, Campbell (Ovenstone 46), White, Cook, Linn, Muir, McCormack, Sloan (Johnstone 78), Wallace, Dalziel (Hislop 61). Subs not used- Collier, Janczyk.
Dumbarton - Grindlay, Nugent, Lithgow, McBride, Creaney, Finnie (Graham 56), Agnew, Wallace, Gilhaney, Walker (Lamont 57), Prunty (Borris 85). Subs not used - Gastal, Kennedy.
Referee - Stephen Finnie
Attendance - 397.
Starcheck ratings - Brown 3 points, Linn 2, Wallace 1.