Arbroath Vics were at home for the third successive week on Saturday when Scone Thistle were the visitors to Ogilvy Park for a McBookie.com North Division fixture.
Having lost heavily to Dundee North End the previous week, Vics conceded a goal after only five minutes.
Gary Fergus chipped a ball over the defence and into the box for Fraser Mills who brought it under control before drilling a shot beyond Alex Cargill.
Vics were almost gifted a goal back seven minutes later when slack play by Sean Whitworth on the edge of his own area saw him play a clearance straight into the path of Ryan Owbridge, but fortunately for the centre-half, the ball rebounded back into his path and he was able to get it away at the second attempt.
Scone still looked the more likely to score again and when Cargill punched a Gary Fergus corner out of the box, David Fyfe met the clearance on the volley and fired a dipping effort from 20 yards just over the bar.
Cargill kept Vics in contention with a splendid double save to deny David Fyfe and the follow up from Gary Fergus after Scone had broke quickly.
A second goal wasn’t long in coming as Scone doubled their advantage in the 42nd minute.
Mills, Gary Fergus and Sean Fergus all combined down the left before the latter rolled the ball across the box for David Fyfe to side foot into the net.
A miserable half for Vics got even worse seconds before the interval when Dale Riddell got involved in an off the ball incident and the referee sent him off.
Down to 10 men, Vics were soon pushed back on the restart with Matty Johnston just getting enough on a Mills drive to deflect the shot behind for a corner.
The visitors however increased their lead to 3-0 in the 52nd minute.
A corner kick appeared to have broken down, but when the ball came back out to Mills, he hoisted a cross to the far post where Sean Whitworth got above the defence to head into the back of the net.
A fourth goal wasn’t far away as Gary Fergus sent Mills through the Vics defence where he got into the box and rounded Cargill before stroking the ball into the empty net.
Two minutes later, Vics thought they had got on the score-sheet when Jamie Thomson curled a shot against the bar and Abdourahman Njie turned in the rebound, but the referee disallowed it for offside.
Scone continued to dictate proceedings and when Gary Fergus picked up the ball in midfield and played it into Sean Fergus he drilled a shot just wide.
In the 73rd minute, Alex Cargill was again called into action, diving to push a Mills free-kick round the post.
The keeper was again on top form, diving to block away a Mills effort before the same player stuck out a foot to clip a Keith Dewar cross inches wide.
A minute later, Vics pulled a goal back.
Danny Brown released Garry Warren who made ground down the left before cutting into the box and angling a low shot just inside the far post.
Vics are away to Carnoustie Panmure in the preliminary round of the GA Engineering Cup this Saturday.
Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m. and players should meet at Ogilvy Park at 12.45 p.m.