Arbroath 1-0 East Fife

Arbroath completed back-to-back victories for just the second time this season as they beat 10-man East Fife.

Paul Sheerin scored the only goal of the game as the home side drew level on points with fifth-placed Forfar Athletic.

In a goalless first period, Sheerin came the closest to breaking the deadlock for the home side but his close-range header was brilliantly saved by Calum Antell.

The visitors' Paul Willis fired over in first-half stoppage-time from inside the area.

The match came to life in the second period as Craig Johnstone was dismissed for a bad challenge on Steven Doris after just 65 seconds.

And Arbroath took full advantage to strike in the 53rd minute through Sheerin's low drive into the far corner.

Arbroath: Hill, Baxter, Hamilton, Malcolm (Sibanda 71), Keddie, Currie, Scott Robertson, Kerr, Sheerin (Birse 85), Doris, Gribben (Rennie 80). Subs Not Used: Bullock, Holmes.

Booked: Hamilton.

Goals: Sheerin 53.

East Fife: Antell, Durie, White, Forster, Johnstone, Robert Barr (Gormley 85), Campbell, Muir, Darren Smith (Pollock 78), Willis, Samuel (Jamieson 80). Subs Not Used: Michael Brown, Sloan.

Sent Off: Johnstone (47). Booked: Forster.

Att: 813

Ref: Paul Robertson