Arbroath remain confident league leaders despite Queens Park’s win against them at Gayfield on Saturday.
The Spiders smashed home a goal in the second minute to set the tone for a tough fight against Arbroath.
Shaun Fraser tapped in a goal in the 67th second, giving the visitors an immediate advantage.
Pressure came hard and fast from the Spiders but the home side also drove forward creating numerous opportunities on goal.
Adam Hunter’s first effort from distance was badly placed as it trundled past the post.
A combination of Paul McManus and Bobby Linn created a chance in the 28th minute but Queens Park keeper William Muir got his hands behind it.
The Lichties dominated the play after half-time, taking control and enjoying plenty of possession.
Despite this, Queens went up the park to make it 2-0.
They brought on sub Kevin Fotheringham and he smashed a shot straight past Arbroath keeper Scott Morrison to double the away side’s advantage.
Arbroath’s Jack Smith replaced Ricky Little in the 73rd minute.
He soon made his mark, crossing the ball to McManus, who nodded it past Muir to put the Lichties on the scoreboard.
Despite continued pressure on the Spiders in the dying minutes of the match, the home team’s efforts failed to bring them an equaliser.
Arbroath manager Alan Moore remained upbeat despite the loss.
He said: “It was far from a disappointing performance. We just didn’t have the cutting edge that we’ve been demonstrating.
“Performance-wise, we dominated the game from start to finish.
“I have been frustrated in the last few weeks at not putting the chances away that we create and it has come back to haunt us today but we’ve got to march on.”
Queens manager Gus MacPherson commended the home team.
“I think we showed what we’re all about and worked hard as a unit but Arbroath created a few really good opportunities as well, so credit to them,” he said.