Arbroath were unlucky in the dying moments of this afternoon’s game not to take away all three points from their clash with East Fife.
The last gasp attempt by the Lichties to break the deadlock at Gayfield proved fruitless as East Fife stickman Greg Paterson pulled off a superb triple save to ensure both sides shared the spoils.
After a fast-moving and physical first half in which both sides created plenty of ‘not-quites’ it was the second half before Arbroath’s Alan COOK seized the advantage for his side with a thundering strike from outside the box.
East Fife were galvanised by this and Arbroath found themselves under relentless pressure to keep their heads above water.
A pair of fine goals from East Fife’s Liam BUCHANAN seemed to seal the deal for the visitors but some hard tackling in their own box cost them dearly.
Scott McBride upended Bobby Linn near the end of a promising run to reduce his side to 10 men and in the final two minutes Gary Thom felled Lee Erwin at the edge of the Fife box to take it to nine men and create a lifeline penalty for Arbroath.
Stepping up to the spot ERWIN pulled his side level and a re-energised Arbroath tried to take all three points away with them.
The only thing standing between the hosts and those all important three points was ‘keeper Paterson and Linn, Cook and Erwin all made him work for his pay in those last seconds as he saved a trio of close-range shots to frustrate Arbroath’s ambitions.