Two early goals proved to be the undoing for Brechin City when they travelled to Ochilview Park to take on Stenhousemuir on Saturday.
Just two minutes into the match, Darren Smith netted to give the homeside the lead, after he rose to head home a Josh Watt cross.
Brechin looked to get a goal back, with a good ball from Alan Trouten played in to Andy Jackson, but the striker was flagged for offside.
The Warriors doubled their lead in the 7th minute, this time Sean Dickson finding the back of the net after the Brechin defence failed to clear the ball from danger.
Craig Molloy came close to getting a goal for City, but his headed effort in the 14th minute was straight at the ‘keeper.
City narrowed the deficit in the 36th minute. Darren Petrie floated in an excellent cross to Alan Trouten, who fired home from just a few yards out.
Stenhousemuir had the first chance of the second half, with City ‘keeper Graeme Smith initially saving Josh Watt’s effort but the ‘keeper could do little to keep out the follow-up shot and Stenhousemuir regained their two goal lead in the 53rd minute.
Brechin City minute awarded a penalty in the 70th minute, after Andy Jackson was fouled in the box, with the referee initially allowing play to continue before the assistant flagged for the foul.
Trouten stepped up to take it and made no mistake with his spot kick, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
Any hopes of a comeback were firmly put to bed four minutes later, when John Gemmell headed home a Kristopher Faulds free kick.
Dickson looked to add to Stenhousemuir’s tally later in the game, but his effort sailed over the crossbar.