Forfar Athletic’s poor form continued with one of the heaviest derby defeats in recent history as Arbroath defeated them 5-0 at Station Park.
The Loons last lost by a five goal margin to the Red Lichties in 1971 but a Ryan McCord double along with goals from Thomas O’Brien, Kane Hester and Bobby Linn ensured Dick Campbell’s side extended Forfar’s poor start to the season with just one win in eleven games.
Gary Bollan made three changes from the defeat at Alloa a week ago with Michael Travis, Conor Quigley and Jim Lister starting while Michael Kennedy and Josh Peters dropped to the bench; Rodrigue Nanitelamio missing from the squad completely.
After a slow start, the Loons had the first clear opportunity eleven minutes in when Marc Scott made his way down the left wing before his shot was parried by David Hutton before being cleared.
At the other end former Forfar winger Danny Denholm, playing up front for the visitors, was causing problems for the defence along with Omar Kader. The latter delivered a perfect through ball for Denholm in the 15th minute but McCallum did well to deny him when one on one.
A minute later Denholm’s corner was headed wide by Thomas O’Brien before the winger waltzed past defenders shortly after only to fire into the arms of McCallum.
A Colin Hamilton long ball found the ever dangerous Denholm in the 28th minute and he cut past Mensing before seeing his effort deflected wide.
Ryan McCord tested McCallum after the half hour mark while the Loons saw shots from Mark Millar and Ousman See blocked.
Arbroath were awarded a fantastic opportunity to take the lead four minutes before the break when Simon Mensing fouled O’Brien in the box. McCord stepped up and sent McCallum the wrong way from the penalty spot.
They were almost gifted a second on the stroke of half time when a low cross was diverted onto the post by Conor Quigley before being cleared.
The visitors extended their lead six minutes after the break and it was a former Loon who netted. Hamilton beat Mensing to a corner and his header was pushed away by McCallum only for O’Brien to rifle a volley into the bottom corner.
Despite the scoreline, McCallum pulled off a few good saves and he denied Denholm again shortly after before Jamie Bain sent a long range effort wide at the other end.
David Cox saw his shot diverted wide after a Marc Scott cut back on the hour mark but it was Arbroath who netted again in the 68th minute. Mark Millar’s header back was short and McCord beat Mensing to the ball before firing home for his second.
Kader lashed over 60 seconds later however it wasn’t long before the fourth arrived for a dominating Arbroath side.
Kane Hester was introduced to the game in the 78th minute and within sixty seconds he was on the scoresheet; O’Brien rising above Mensing to head a Linn free kick down for Hester to bundle home
Sub Eddie Malone came close for the Loons late on but it was Arbroath who had the final say in the game when Mensing pulled back Hester inside the area for their second penalty.
Linn stepped up to fire home for his first and a deserved fifth of the afternoon for Arbroath.
The result means that the Loons stay at the bottom of League One with just three points from their opening six games before their trip to East Fife next week.
Forfar Athletic: Marc McCallum, Jamie Bain, Conor Quigley, Patrick Cregg, Michael Travis, Simon Mensing, David Cox, Mark Millar, Ousman See (Josh Peters 61), Jim Lister (Dylan Easton 72), Marc Scott (Eddie Malone 72)
Subs not used: Matthew Aitken, Greg Warwick, Michael Kennedy, Jason King (gk)
Arbroath: David Hutton, Jamie Henry, David Gold, Colin Hamilton, Thomas O’Brien, Mark Whatley (Ricky Little 83), Omar Kader (Kane Hester 78), Blair Yule, Ryan McCord (Gary Fraser 78), Danny Denholm, Bobby Linn
Subs not used: Bryan Prunty, Ricky Gomes (gk)