THE possibility of moving into third position in the league table was cruelly taken from East Fife on Saturday at Ochilview, where the visitors dominated the game but managed to lose by the only goal.
The first opportunity fell for Paul McQuade who thrashed over the bar from around 12 yards, after good build-up work involving Bobby Linn and Steve Hislop.
Linn was looking up for it and had a shot blocked and when the home ‘keeper saved a low effort.
David Muir was next to try his luck, but again Ally Brown was on hand.
The second half opened with more of the same, and Linn won a free kick, which the keeper did well to save at his post from Neil Janczyk.
Unbelievably, the home side opened the scoring in the 59th minute.
A quick throw-in was knocked into the middle of the box and the unmarked Andy Rodgers slotted home with the minimum of fuss.
It looked as if the goal had given Stenhousemuir a real lift and, within a minute, Michael Brown made an excellent save from Rodger’s point-blank header following a Murray cross.
The Fifers again took the upper hand and Scott Dalziel had a decent effort saved by Brown.
Brown pushed a Linn shot away for a corner, from which Muir had a chance but headed wide.
Stenhousemuir - Brown, Lyle, Lawson, Thomson, McKinlay, McHale, Ferguson, Rodgers, Kean, Paton (Dickson 46), Murray (Smith 69). Subs ‑ Campbell, McCluskey.
East Fife ‑ M. Brown, Cook, Ovenstone, Campbell, White, Muir, Linn, Janczyk, Hislop (Dalziel 68), McQuade (Johnstone 68), Smith (Sloan 68). Subs ‑ Durie, Collier.
Referee - S. Conroy
Attendance - 687
Starcheck ratings ‑ Campbell 3 points, Ovenstone 2, Brown 1.
Starcheck table - Bobby Linn 27, Ryan Wallace 26, Mark Ridgers 17, Michael Brown 16, Craig Johnstone 12, Darren Smith 12, Rob Ogleby 11, Steve Campbell 9, Scott Durie 9, John Ovenstone 9, Matthew Park 8, David White 5, Steve Hislop 3, David Muir 3, Andrew Cook 2, Chris Innes 2, Neil Janczyk 1, Robert Sloan 1, Lloyd Young 1.