Nathan Austin helped East Fife to victory over fellow Scottish League One strugglers Arbroath.

The striker's first-half effort proved enough to seal all three points following back-to-back defeats.

Austin's goal arrived in the 27th minute shooting a left-footed strike from a pass from Stephen Hughes.

Despite the best efforts of the vistors, East Fife held on to a much-needed victory leaving an Arbroath side who are now winless in 10 matches.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

East Fife

  • 01 Paterson
  • 02 Durie Booked
  • 03 McBride (Johnstone - 76' )
  • 08 Hughes Booked
  • 04 Thom Booked
  • 05 Campbell
  • 07 Willis (Barr - 61' )
  • 06 Fisher
  • 10 Austin (Clarke - 76' )
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 11 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 12 Thomson
  • 14 Barr
  • 15 Stewart
  • 16 Johnstone
  • 17 Henderson
  • 18 Clarke
  • 21 Andrews

Arbroath

  • 01 Morrison
  • 02 Banjo (Sibanda - 81' )
  • 03 Hamilton
  • 04 Smith (Robertson - 70' )
  • 05 Travis
  • 06 Keddie Booked
  • 07 Linn
  • 08 Chisholm Booked
  • 10 Cook (Scott - 70' )
  • 09 Bayne
  • 11 Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 12 Sibanda
  • 14 Lindsay
  • 15 Yao
  • 16 Robertson
  • 17 Scott
  • 18 McWalter
  • 21 Wilson
Ref: Kevin Graham
Att: 910

Match Stats

Shots

6 10

On target

4 5

Corners

6 4

Fouls

12 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, East Fife 1, Arbroath 0.

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, East Fife 1, Arbroath 0.

90:00 +3:14 Booking

Booking Scott Durie (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:08

Foul by Scott Durie (East Fife).

90:00 +3:08

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:04

Stephen Hughes (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:04

Foul by Christopher Scott (Arbroath).

90:00 +0:46

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

90:00 +0:16

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:16

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

89:46 Booking

Booking Alex Keddie (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

89:33

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:33

Foul by Alex Keddie (Arbroath).

88:49 Booking

Booking Stephen Hughes (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

88:40

Foul by Stephen Hughes (East Fife).

88:40

Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:06

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:06

Foul by Lee Sibanda (Arbroath).

86:01

Attempt missed. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

84:58

Attempt missed. Graham Bayne (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

81:45

Gary Fisher (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:45

Foul by Lee Sibanda (Arbroath).

80:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Lee Sibanda replaces David Banjo.

76:00

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:59

Foul by Graham Bayne (Arbroath).

75:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Craig Johnstone replaces Scott McBride.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Nathan Austin.

74:00

Gary Fisher (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:59

Foul by Graham Bayne (Arbroath).

69:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Christopher Scott replaces Alan Cook.

69:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Dayle Robertson replaces Darren Smith.

67:48

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

65:15

Attempt missed. Alan Cook (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

64:42

Foul by Nathan Austin (East Fife).

64:42

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:34

Foul by Nathan Austin (East Fife).

63:34

Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:26

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:26

Foul by Graham Bayne (Arbroath).

61:26

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by David Banjo.

60:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Lewis Barr replaces Paul Willis.

59:33

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

59:33

Graham Bayne (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:47

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:25

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael Travis.

56:53

Attempt blocked. Nathan Austin (East Fife) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

56:06 Booking

Booking Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

56:00

Stephen Hughes (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:51

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

53:03 Booking

Booking Gary Thom (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

53:00

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:55

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

51:16

Nathan Austin (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:16

Foul by Alan Cook (Arbroath).

50:31

Attempt missed. Alan Cook (Arbroath) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins East Fife 1, Arbroath 0.

45:00 +0:49 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, East Fife 1, Arbroath 0.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt saved. Darren Smith (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

42:51

Foul by Paul Willis (East Fife).

42:51

Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:03

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Steven Campbell.

40:16

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

40:16

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:00

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:56

Foul by Alex Keddie (Arbroath).

32:30

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Graham Bayne.

31:36

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

31:12

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Scott Morrison.

30:29

Graham Bayne (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:24

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

28:34

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:34

Foul by Graham Bayne (Arbroath).

26:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 1, Arbroath 0. Nathan Austin (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Hughes.

25:55

Foul by Stephen Hughes (East Fife).

25:55

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:09

Attempt saved. Graham Bayne (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:39

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

21:39

Graham Bayne (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:05

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

21:05

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:19

Attempt saved. Graham Bayne (Arbroath) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:29

Gary Fisher (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:29

Foul by Graham Bayne (Arbroath).

16:57

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

16:42

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

15:54

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

12:13

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:13

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

10:59

Attempt missed. Alex Keddie (Arbroath) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

10:37

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Scott Durie.

9:16

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:16

Foul by Darren Smith (Arbroath).

8:34

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Scott Durie.

7:46

Ryan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:46

Foul by David Banjo (Arbroath).

7:27

Attempt saved. Ryan Stewart (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

5:57

Attempt saved. Paul Willis (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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