It cannot get any worse can it?

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Arbroath’s disastrous year continued on Saturday when they were thumped 3-0 by Angus rivals Montrose.

As if losing to your bitter rivals wasn’t bad enough, the Lichties conspired to lose to a side which was rock bottom of the division.

The fans are the most important thing about a football club

The Gable Endies were good value for their victory, although Allan Moore’s men could have done better in the first half.

The Gayfield men had a few opportunities in the first half, but when Montrose grabbed the opening goal through Graham Webster, the confidence visibly disappeared from a side which has been sadly low on any belief in recent weeks.

In the second half, it was the home side which dominated proceedings and went on to net twice more through Ross Campbell to complete a miserable day for the huge travelling support.

Now with no wins in their last 10 league games and the sorry points total of four from the last 30 on offer, the question is where do the Lichties go from here?

After the match gaffer Moore pleaded with the fans to stay behind the team.

But it is perfectly reasonable that the supporters are restless.

The fans are the most important thing about a football club as without them you cease to have a reason to exist. They spend their hard earned cash to back the team through thick and thin.

Yes, you expect some bumps along the way but at the present moment in time they are being short-changed.

There are nine games remaining in the most topsy turvy of seasons and two things can happen.

This horrible run continues and Arbroath drop out of the play-offs, but on current form would they be good enough to be realistic contenders?

Or a dramatic turnaround in form occurs and they go on and begin challenging for top spot again.

With East Fife in reasonable form below them, and other sides, such as tomorrow’s visitors, Clyde, beginning to improve it’s going to be tricky for Moore to turn things around.

Performance wise, there was little to get excited about. Paul McManus should probably have done better with some opportunities in the first half.

And star performer Bobby Linn should have had a penalty kick when sent flying in the box, being wrongly yellow carded for simulation.

Webster, who was recalled from junior side Carnoustie Panmure in midweek, netted the opener in 28 minutes,

Then Campbell struck three minutes and eight minutes after the restart to condemn Arbroath to yet another defeat.

The Lichties offered little in the way of resistance after going a goal down and they really need a victory to get some belief back into the side.

The players and the fans are suffering and something needs to happen to turn things around - and fast!