EAST Fife’s inconsistent season continued at Station Park last Tuesday when they lost out in another high-scoring encounter – in what would prove to be John Robertson’s last game at the helm.
Forfar started the more promisingly and took an early lead. A cross from Campbell was held up well by former Fifer Chris Templeman, who rolled the ball into Low’s path, and he beat Michael Brown with a shot from just inside the area.
The hosts took a two-goal advantage with a penalty counter from Templeman after 14 minutes, when Robert Sloan was adjudged to have brought down Fotheringham in the area. He gave Brown no chance with the spot kick.
However, within three minutes, the tables were turned when referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot at the other end. A Linn run ended when McCulloch fouled him just inside the box and Sloan similarly gave the keeper no chance when he dispatched his effort from the spot.
Near the end of the first period, Brown kept the lead to one when he made a terrific save from Hilson.
Templeman was again the thorn in the East Fife flesh just after the hour mark, when he did restore Forfar’s two-goal advantage, thrashing home with the Fife defence all at sea.
With the 90 minutes up, the Fifers did get a second goal. Sub Craig Johnstone was fouled by Wilson and, again, the referee pointed to the spot. Wallace took over spot kick duties and despatched the kick.
Forfar Athletic – Patterson, Ross (Wilson 90), I. Campbell, Hegarty, McCulloch, Mowatt, Fotheringham, Templeman, Coyne (Gibson 84), Hilson. Subs (not used) Motion, Byers, McCallum.
East Fife – Brown, McCormack, Cook, Campbell, White, Muir, Linn, Janzcyk (Smith 72), Hislop (Dalziel 64), Wallace, Sloan (Johnstone 78). Subs (not used) Devlin, Collier.
Attendance – 432. Starcheck – Wallace 3 pts, Brown 2, Linn 1.