East Fife found themselves leapfrogged by Dick Campbell’s Forfar after going down 3-1 at Bayview.
Methil boss Willie Aitchison conceded after the game that it had been a bad day at the office and it’s difficult to disagree.
From the start it was the visitors who were on the front foot and, apart from a couple of short spells, Campbell’s men had the bulk of possession throughout the game.
Marvin Andrews was almost the unlikely scorer of the first goal of the game when he fired in a shot within the first few minutes.
The Fifers struggled to get a foothold in the match and Dale Hilson should have put his side a goal up when he found himself one on one with Greg Paterson.
But the ‘keeper, given his first start under Aitchison, did well to save at Hilson’s feet.
The chance seemed to wake East Fife up and Craig Johnstone went close with a well hit drive which was well saved by Darren Hill.
Given the way they’d started the game it would have been difficult to begrudge Forfar their opening goal.
James Dale picked up the ball inside the East Fife box and skipped past a couple of defenders before beating Paterson from close range.
The Fifers looked to respond straight away and Nathan Austin and Liam Buchanan combined well, giving Buchanan an opportunity to fire in a strike.
The Fifers drew level in pretty fortunate circumstances when Scott Durie’s drive, which was well hit, squirmed under Hill’s body and into the back of the net.
Sadly the Fifers weren’t really able to build on their goal and it was the visitors who again pressed forward.
It summed up the Fifers’ luck on the day that Forfar’s second also had an element of fortune about it.
Dale Hilson’s strike, again which was well hit, didn’t seem to be troubling Paterson too much until it appeared to spin up in front of him and into the net.
Austin had a chance to make it 2-2 after nicking the ball from Darren Dods.
Sadly the youngster wasn’t able to finish.
The game was halted for five minutes after East Fife defender Gary Thom was involved in a bad collision inside the Forfar box.
Thom was taken to hospital after the game, later Tweeting that he’d lost a tooth.
And the Fifers’ misery was to be compounded late on when Gavin Swankie added number three.
Some good play through the middle of the park resulted in Swankie being played in on Paterson’s goal and the Forfar man finished well.