Second-placed Arbroath kept the pressure up with a thumping 5-2 success at Annan Athletic who played the majority of the 90 minutes with ten men.
Following Steve Swinglehurst’s second-minute dismissal for a lunge, Ryan McCord scored from the free-kick to put Arbroath ahead. Replies by Peter Weatherson and Jordan Stewart gave the hosts an unlikely lead, before Steven Doris fired Arbroath level shortly before half-time and their numerical advantage told as Doris completed a hat-trick either side of Bryan Prunty’s 74th minute strike.
Fourth-placed Elgin City fought back to rescue a 2-2 draw with Berwick Rangers. Strikes by Greg Rutherford and Aaron Murrell gave Berwick a two-goal lead, swiftly halved by Elgin’s Thomas Reilly in the 44th minute. But Jonny Fairbairn’s handball resulted in an 82nd minute penalty, converted by the hosts’ Brian Cameron.
Montrose moved to fifth and within four points of the play-offs courtesy of a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Edinburgh City. Andrew Streeves, Paul Watson and Chris Templeman were on target in a routine afternoon for the Links Park men.
Gary Locke’s Cowdenbeath stay bottom of the table but only by a solitary point after hauling nearest challengers Clyde into danger with a 1-0 win at Central Park. Dale Carrick struck the only goal in the 52nd minute following a blunder by Clyde’s Jordan McMillan.