The story for the Angus clubs on Saturday was of stalemate in League One and victory in League Two, writes Scott Binnie.
Forfar Athletic came from behind away to Stranraer to earn a 1-1 draw.
Jamie Longworth opened the scoring for the hosts before Stuart Malcolm headed in the leveller from Danny Denholm’s cross.
There were chances for both sides to claim the victory in the latter stages but it was honours even come full-time.
Brechin City held title favourites Dunfermline to a 0-0 draw at East End Park.
Craig Molloy could have put City ahead early on but Ryan Scully was able to save. Ross Forbes and Michael Moffat both saw efforts fly past the visitors’ goal before the break.
There were further chances for Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Lewis Spence for the hosts before Brechin’s Robert Thomson hit the post right at the death.
In League Two, Allan Moore led Arbroath to a great win over much-fancied Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park.
Paul Willis put Rangers ahead after just six minutes following a mistake from David Crawford but Arbroath were able to pull level when Kevin Buchan reacted first to William Bald’s double save.
The points were claimed seven minutes later when Paul McManus followed up to net after a free kick struck the bar.
Montrose earned a huge victory against a side they’re expected to be fighting to edge out in the battle at the bottom of League Two this season in East Stirlingshire.
Alan Campbell and Terry Masson struck well-taken goals either side of half-time for the Gable Endies before Gary Wood put the game beyond the Shire with 20 minutes remaining. Maxwell Wright pulled one back for East Stirling but Wood added his second from the spot after Stephen Day was brought down in the box by Michael Bolochoweckyj.
This weekend, Forfar host League One favourites Dunfermline at Station Park while Brechin City play Stenhousemuir at Glebe Park. In League Two, Arbroath are at home to Darren Young’s Albion Rovers while Montrose have a free week as Clyde visit Rangers in the Challenge Cup.