Arbroath Vics were back on league duty following their win in the East of Scotland Cup the previous week losing a goalfest 6-3 to East Craigie.
Shaun Logie was the first keeper called into action when Lloyd Hester and Marc Walker worked together to create an opening for Kellon Lyons but he scuffed his shot from 18 yards across the box.
The ball ran kindly into the path of Garry Warren and the Craigie number one had to get down quickly to save the Vics winger’s effort.
It was Vics who took a deserved lead with a well worked goal in the 17th minute.
Marc Walker squared the ball across the box for Rikki Gillespie who placed a shot beyond the reach of Shaun Logie from around 15 yards.
Just when it looked as if Vics would take a lead into the break, East Craigie were gifted an eqauliser by a refereeing mistake in the 40th minute.
Marc Walker, back helping the defence, beat Andy McDonald to a cross inside his own box to head clear, but the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Nik Mann took the kick and confidently netted.
The second half was less than 20 seconds old when East Craigie grabbed the lead, albeit through a fluke goal.
Almost from the kick-off the ball was hoisted towards the box and landed straight at the feet of Ranald Bowie who could hardly believe his luck as he prodded it beyond Josh Allardyce.
Liam McArtney saw a shot curl just wide soon after, but within a minute he had put East Craigie 3-1 ahead with another curling effort from 25 yards which left Josh Allardyce stranded as it clipped the base of the post on its way in.
East Craigie’s two goal lead only lasted a couple of minutes before Vics reduced it to again.
Following a series of corners, Gillespie picked up Garry Warren’s third cross at the far side of the box and took a couple of steps before arcing a shot into the opposite corner.
A Kevin Durno pass-back caused problems for Allardyce and although he got to the ball ahead of McArtney, he was closed down and the Craigie player won it back to roll it across the face of goal for Mann to convert.
The goals continued to flow and two minutes later, Vics were back in the hunt at 4-3.
Craigie had what looked like a decent penalty claim waved away and when Allardyce quickly cleared upfield, Walker ran on to shoot beyond Shaun Logie.
East Craigie took a two goal led yet again in the 80th minute.
Vics couldn’t clear a ball into the box which allowed McArtney to drive the ball home.
Substitute Graeme McLeish sent a pass through the heart of Vics defence for McArtney to race on to, he spotted Allardyce coming off his line and lofted a shot over his head to complete his hat-trick and make it 6-3.