Forfar Athletic 1
Stephen Husband 57
Dunfermline Athletic 0
Stephen Husband’s thirty yard stunner was enough for Forfar Athletic to defeat his former club Dunfermline on Saturday, moving the side to within a point of leaders Stranraer.
Seconds before Hubby’s cracker, new father Dale Hilson hit the post with a ferocious effort, with Stuart Malcolm also seeing a header cleared off the line.
After last week’s defeat to Airdrie, two changes were made, Husband coming in for the suspended Malin after his appeal was turned down and Hilson returning to take the place of Danny Denholm.
The first chance of the game came in the fourteenth minute when Pars left back Alex Whittle fired straight at Rab Douglas.
Four minutes later Gavin Swankie saw his effort deflected wide, and from Kader’s corner Stuart Malcolm’s header was cleared off the line by a defender.
Faissal El Bakhtaoui wasted arguably Dunfermline’s best chance of the game in the 20th minute, beating a defender before rounding Rab Douglas but instead of cutting the ball back for a teammate to slot home, he greedily fired into the side netting.
Just after the half hour mark Malcolm nodded wide from Iain Campbell’s free kick before Swankie dragged Hilson’s lay off wide on the stroke of half time.
Swankie was unlucky not to score ninety seconds into the second half, Templeman giving the captain the ball on the edge of the box but his goal bound effort was palmed wide by the impressive Scully.
In the 57th minute Templeman set up Dale Hilson and his powerful effort crashed off the post and out to the left wing.
Dunfermline’s Andy Geggan dispossessed Swankie after that shot and despite not playing in the same team as Stephen Husband for almost a year, passed straight to the Loons midfielder and he took two touches before unleashing a 30 yard effort into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.
Two minutes later the former Par sent a free kick on the edge of the area inches over while Omar Kader sent his effort over the bar from close range after Templeman’s lay off.
Lewis Allan could have scored for Dunfermline in the 69th minute had it not been for a good save by Douglas, the keeper holding Gregor Buchanan’s header from the resulting corner.
In the 74th minute Swankie saw another effort parried minutes before former Loon Jim Paterson’s cross found Josh Falkingham but his header from a few yards out went wide when it looked easier to score.
Forfar had the last couple of chances late on, with Templeman shooting over and sub Danny Denholm having his shot parried by Scully.
The result coupled with Morton’s win against Stranraer means the Loons stay third but are now a point behind the Stair Park men.
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Michael Travis, Iain Campbell, Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Derek Young (James Dale 87), Omar Kader (Danny Denholm 78), Stephen Husband, Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson (Martyn Fotheringham 84)
Subs not used: Aaron James, Andrew Steeves, Mark Baxter, Ross Salmon (gk)
Dunfermline Athletic: Ryan Scully, Andy Geggan, Alex Whittle (Jim Paterson 39), Stuart Urquhart, Gregor Buchanan, Kyle McAusland, Paul George (Lewis Allan 59), Lewis Spence, Andy Barrowman, Josh Falkingham, Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Michael Moffat 70)
Subs not used: Ross Millen, Shaun Byrne, David Hopkirk, Ryan Goodfellow (gk)