Arbroath romped home to a convincing victory over a lacklustre Cowdenbeath side at Gayfield on Saturday.
The win cuts the gap down to only six points as they keep the pressure on league leaders Forfar Athletic, who played out a goalless draw with Montrose.
Martin Scott took only five minutes to get on the scoresheet as he calmly slotted through the legs of keeper Jamie Sneddon from eight yards out after being played in by Bobby Linn; Bryan Hodge had harassed and robbed the Cowdenbeath defence of the ball to begin the move.
Cowdenbeath could have equalised just seconds later when Arbroath keeper Ricky Gomes was caught in possession outside of his box by Kris Renton.
Renton’s cross was met by Robbie Buchanan, but his strike was cleared off the line by Colin Hamilton.
The Lichties doubled their lead through Steven Doris.
A precise pass from Malin allowed Linn to whip in a brilliant ball into the box which was steered into the corner of the net by Doris for his eighth goal of the season.
The Blue Brazil could have pulled a goal back right at the start of the second half as Liam Henderson rocketed a knock down from a corner kick inches over the Arbroath bar.
The game was effectively over in the 54th minute when the unfortunate Henderson diverted a sweeping cross from Sukar into his own net.
Football is a cruel game, but Arbroath’s Scott proved there is still plenty of respect as he took a minute to comfort the young on-loan Falkirk player.
Arbroath pressed for more goals with substitute Skelly hitting the bar and Hamilton coming close twice before McCord showed great skill on the byline as he almost hit the fourth in spectacular fashion.
Gavin Malin rounded off a great afternoon with a 73rd minute goal as he played a 1-2 with Mark Whatley before turning a defender and firing past Sneddon who couldn’t hold onto the ball.
Cowdenbeath stole a late consolation goal when captain Scott Rumsby latched on to a knock down from a late free kick as he fired low under Gomes.
Arbroath visit Elgin this weekend.