Arbroath Vics made the trip into Fife on Saturday to take on North Division leaders Glenrothes.
Vics were left with a depleted squad due to an unlucky combination of injuries, suspensions and late call-offs.
As has been the case recently Arbroath found themselves a goal down in the early stages.
It was just seven minutes into the game before Glenrothes took the lead - Reece Sawers sent the ball down the left for John Martin, who pulled the ball back into the middle for Scott Napier to fire beyond the reach of Alex Cargill.
Martin was involved again soon after, playing a crisp dummy over the ball after Charlie Scarborough and Callum Kinnes had exchanged the ball, with Scarborough picking up the dummied effort only to blast over the bar.
Scarborough then had an effort saved by Cargill following a pass from Napier.
The bombardment continued from the hosts with Cargill and Kevin Durno in fine fettle to deny more goals, but it was to be 2-0 at half-time as Iain Griffin headed home after Martin returned Sawers’ corner into the box.
Scarborough could have made it three right at the interval but he couldn’t convert at the back post after Martin cut the ball across goal.
It was Glenrothes who were first to show after the restart with Kinnes and Griffin combining to set up Scarborough, but Durno managed to block the shot with his chest on the penalty spot.
Cargill was then called upon to get behind a Kinnes volley after Smith’s cross was headed out of the box.
Vics at last made in-roads towards the Glenrothes goal when Dale Millar sent a free-kick into the box; the home defence failed to clear it properly and Scott Donald sent the loose ball over the bar.
Another Miller free kick saw Russell Grierson slice the ball behind his own goal before Vics were denied a certain penalty.
Jamie Thomson’s cross fell to Matty Johnston inside the six yard box and though his effort was blocked, he was tripped as he tried to turn the rebound in - but the referee clearly didn’t see it and waved play on.
Vics were enjoying their best spell of the match and Corey McCulloch called keeper Jack Small into action; his shot from distance was gathered under the bar.
Glenrothes almost extended their lead when Smith cut into the box from the left before teeing up Daryl Falconer, but the substitute’s shot was deflected inches wide of Cargill’s goal.
A third goal duly arrived in the 75th minute though.
Sawers drove forward and when the ball broke from his path following a tackle, it ran into the path of Napier who drilled a low shot into the net for his second goal of the afternoon.