FORFAR Athletic manager Dick Campbell conceded that any hopes his side had of reaching a promotion play-off spot were gone after a two-one defeat at home to Stenhousemuir this afternoon (Saturday).
The Loons started well enough, with an angled drive by Chris Templeman going inches wide of target.
But the game swung in favour of the Warriors in the 13th minute when Kenny Deuchar was allowed to play on despite being at least two yards off.
The initial raid was thwarted but Stenhousemuir followed up and Brown Ferguson was on hand to pick his spot past Paterson.
The Loons took command in the second half, but a defensive slip by David Mowat opened the door for Stewart Kean to double the visitors advantage in 53 minutes.
Forfar reduced the leeway three minutes later, Nicky Low firing home a super cross by Greg Ross.
The Loons pressed the remainder of the game, but could not find a second goal.
After the game, manager Dick Campbell said any hopes the Loons had off reaching the play-offs were over, and the focus now was firmly on trying to stay in the Scottish second division.
Forfar have a big game on Tuesday night when they travel to take on an improving Stirling Albion team now level with them on 26 points, the two teams three clear of bottom side Albion Rovers.