A SCOTT Hynd goal a minute from time ended Arbroath’s play-off hopes as they lost 1-0 to Alloa Athletic.
He pounced after a shot from Ferns deceived Tony Bullock and came back off the post.
Forfar now take the final play-off spot.
Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin was understandably gutted. He told the Herald: “It is a blow but it has been a long season. It is really disappointing our aim was to make the play-offs. We haven’t done that so we have to look on it as a failure.”
The Lichties had enough chances but were poor in front of goal and never really looked like getting the win they needed.
Arbroath got the match under way playing against the strong wind blowing towards the town end.
Alloa were first to press when Greehan tried a snap shot from 15 yards but it was just over.
The Lichties created their first chance in 24 minutes when Hamilton found Bayne who laid the ball off to Banjo but his shot was well off target.
Ten minutes later a flick by the Wasps’ Holmes sent Greehan away but Bullock was off his line to grab the ball at his feet.
On the stroke of an uninspiring first half, Docherty tried a shot from 20 yards but Bullock was equal to his effort.
Half-time: Arbroath 0, Alloa Athletic 0.
If anything the wind strengthened for start of second half, with advantage now to Arbroath.
In 55 minutes, Arbroath had ball in the net when Hamilton shot came off the underside of the bar. Bayne followed up to score but had clearly used a hand and was booked.
Moments later, ball broke to Baxter whose shot was brilliantly saved by McDowall. Bayne crashed in rebound but again ‘keeper saved.
In 65 minutes, a long throw from Banjo was cleared to Baxter whose well struck shot was just over. Then Banjo himself made space for a strike which ‘keeper saved.
Euan Smith replaced Holmes in 68 minutes.
Great chance for Chisholm in 71 minutes when Bayne flick on found him in space but he couldn’t convert.
Amazing save by McDowall from Bayne who flicked a loose ball at goal and he tipped it on to the bar.
With a minute remaining, Hynd nodded home after a cross-cum-shot had come back off the bar to end the Lichties hopes.
Arbroath: Bullock, Baxter, Hamilton, Banjo, Travis, Keddie, Doris, Chisholm, Bayne, Holmes, Sheerin.