Martyn Fotheringham's goal midway through the first half gave Forfar Atheltic victory against Brechin City.
Brechin's Andrew Jackson threatened with a 20-yard volley that goalkeeper Derek Soutar did well to hold.
Fotheringham fired into the top corner to break the deadlock on 22 minutes.
Alan Trouten shot wide of the Forfar goal and Jackson was denied a late equaliser by Soutar as the hosts held on to remain second in the table.
Forfar: Soutar, Bolochoweckyj, Faeroe (Sellars 90), Tulloch, Iain Campbell, Ross Campbell, Keith Gibson, Templeman, Denholm (Kader 71), Swankie, Fotheringham (Motion 46). Subs Not Used: Scott, King.
Goals: Fotheringham 22.
Brechin: Andrews, Jonathan Stewart, McLauchlan, Moyes, Brown, Ryan Stewart (McLean 44), Brady, Molloy (Carcary 35), Trouten, Jackson, Dalziel (McKenna 72). Subs Not Used: Nelson, Fusco.
Booked: McLauchlan, Trouten, Moyes.
Ref: Frank McDermott