It was mixed fare for the Angus clubs in league action on Saturday as the League Two sides enjoyed victories while the League One outfits earned just a point between them, writes Scott Binnie.
Arbroath returned to the top of the fourth tier after a 5-2 victory away to 10-man Clyde.
Paul McManus gave the Red Lichties the lead before Brian McQueen received a second yellow card.
Scott Ferguson then levelled for the hosts before Scott McBride restored Arbroath’s lead, only for Ferguson to equalise again right on the stroke of half time with a fantastic free kick.
A second half brace from new loan signing Dylan Carreiro put Arbroath in control before Simon Murray made it five with 12 minutes remaining.
Montrose moved into third place in League Two thanks to Paul Watson’s second half goal away to Elgin City.
The defender placed a fine strike into the bottom corner after Elgin’s defenders failed to clear a 71st minute corner.
It was a typically ill-tempered fixture with no less than nine bookings shared between the teams.
Forfar Athletic let a 2-0 lead at Stirling Albion slip away after two defensive errors allowed substitute Sandy Cunningham to grab a brace.
Omar Kader put the Loons in front after 12 minutes with his first goal of the season and Gavin Swankie made it two on 71 minutes, both goals coming from Danny Denholm’s crosses.
The visitors looked comfortable but Cunningham pulled one back in spectacular fashion with a lovely curled effort from outside the box before he made it 2-2 from inside the six yard box with just four minutes to go.
Brechin City lost a lead of their own at home to Ayr United, Alan Trouten giving the hosts a 49th minute lead.
Scott McLaughlin levelled from the penalty spot four minutes later before Jamie Masson put Brechin back in front.
Greg Cameron was sent off for Brechin after receiving a second yellow card before a Craig Beattie brace, and another McLaughlin penalty, gave Ayr a 4-2 win.
This weekend, it’s a derby as Forfar host Brechin, while Arbroath play Elgin and Montrose are at home to East Fife.