East Fife 0-3 Arbroath

East Fife lost 3-0 to the Lichties.
East Fife lost 3-0 to the Lichties.

East Fife's search for a first league win of the season goes on after they were seen off 3-0 by Arbroath.

Dick Campbell's side were worthy winners, there's no arguing about that, but things could have been so different for the Methil men.

With half an hour of the game played Jonny Court raced clear on the Arbroath goal and netted what he thought was a perfectly good goal.

The assistant's flag stayed down, but ref Scott Millar over-ruled his colleague and judged that Court was offside.

Decisions like that can change games, and within 15 minutes the visitors were two goals up and taking a comfortable led into the half time break.

The first came directly from a corner with Thomas O'Brien heading home Ryan Wallace's delivery.

Just five minutes later it was 2-0 with Wallace on hand to finish off a Jason Thomson cross.

Out of nowhere the home side had gone from potentially being a goal up, to two behind.

To their credit East Fife continued to plug away as they tried to salvage something from the game.

Anton Dowds had another good game for the Methil side and was unlucky not to pull a goal back as Darren Young's men pressed up the park.

But with 15 minutes to go the game was wrapped up when Wallace raced behind the East Fife defence and squared to Danny Denholm for an easy tap in.

East Fife's day was summed up when Craig Watson's header came back off the bar.

Boss Young said: "Overall we probably had enough chances to win two games but haven’t managed to score at all.

“Had we taken the lead and Jonny Court’s goal was given then it would have been a different game.

“If we had got one at the start of the second half when we were on top as well then it could have been different.

“These are all ifs and buts though."