Brechin City squandered the chance to move closer to a play-off position after a 4-2 loss to bottom of the table Arbroath.
Brechin started slowly and were punished by Bobby Linn in the sixth minute when he broke free from the halfway line after a missed interception by Gerry McLauchlan and scored to Graeme Smith’s left.
Unfortunate defending was to blame for Arbroath’s second goal in the 22nd minute when Steven Jackson slipped as he went for the ball and this allowed Linn to be played into space and put in his second of the afternoon.
A bad half for City was compounded by injuries to Ewan Moyes and Jonny Brown, who were replaced by Ryan Ferguson and Allan Walker respectively.
By the beginning of the second half, Brechin had used all three substitutions with Alan Trouten returning to the team in place of Garry Kenneth.
Kenneth’s height was missed as Arbroath went 3-0 up from a free kick early in the second half. Linn swung it into a dangerous position and Michael Travis headed into the top corner.
City reacted well to losing a third goal and hit back four minutes later when Bobby Barr floated the ball into the box and found Andy Jackson at the back post to put it over the line.
They had all the momentum at this point and got a second goal in the 60th minute through Robert Thomson, who rose to head home a Craig Molloy free-kick.
What looked like a mighty comeback was deflated minutes later as Brechin were caught out by a quick Arbroath corner, with Paul Sheerin’s cross finding the head of Paul McManus and restoring Arbroath’s two goal advantage.
A header from Jackson was the closest City came to retaliation but Arbroath were able to see out the match.