An excellent start couldn’t help Arbroath Vics progress in the Scottish Junior Cup as they went down 4-3 to Whitburn Juniors.
Vics got the opening goal in the 14th minute.
Josh Chalmers made a surging run down the right and took the ball beyond left-back Connor McQueenie before playing it across the box for Rikki Gillespie to slam into the roof of the net.
Corey McCulloch played a great diagonal pass from inside his own half, which sent Josh Chalmers away and he ran on to place a shot low beyond the reach of Peter Horne for 2-0.
In the 30th minute the visitors pulled a goal back.
James Martin made ground up the right before pulling the ball back from the byline where it found the feet of Gary Brass who drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
Whitburn got back on level terms in the 48th minute.
Jack Hamilton whipped in a free-kick from wide on the right and Gary Brass got above the defence to plant a header into the back of the net.
The away side completed their fightback by going in front in the 74th minute.
Jack Hamilton was again the provider with a cross towards the near post, which Callum Robertson headed in beyond Mark Anderson.
Whitburn soon went 4-2 in front.
Jordan Bain played the ball in from the left and Robertson got his foot to it to steer it into the back of the net.
Vics could easily have collapsed having surrendered a two goal lead but they pushed Whitburn back in the final 10 minutes and after Scott Donald saw a shot saved by Peter Horne, they were back in the game in the 83rd minute when Cory McCulloch shot beyond the keeper following a Rikki Gillespie cross.
Lloyd Hester then shot wide, before Callum Robertson almost grabbed his hat-trick with a strong shot, which Mark Anderson did well to hold onto on the line.
With just over a minute to go, Kyle Findlater got on the end of a Rikki Gillespie free-kick, but headed over.