It’s the most vital derby day for years tomorrow (Saturday) when Arbroath head north to face Forfar Athletic.
Nothing less than three points will do against the Loons as the Lichties plot their ‘Great Escape’ from relegation.
And they did their cause no harm at all on Saturday, battering play-off side Stranraer 4-2 at Gayfield.
Lichties’ boss Paul Sheerin told HeraldSport that the position his team are in means they need only concern themselves with what they are doing.
“It’s in East Fife’s hands. All we can do is go to Forfar on Saturday, put in a performance, take care of business and hope that something gives elsewhere,” he said.
“With Forfar having a tough game on Tuesday [against Rangers], from our point of view, you might hope that they will lack a little bit with the effort they put in.
“However, we will go there with the players in confident mood and hope to make it difficult for them.
“Performance levels have been high and Saturday we got a great result. If we keep turning out those kind of performances and keep winning games that is all I can ask of the players from now until the end of the season.”
It’s honours even against Dick Campbell’s men thus far this campaign with one win each and a draw.
“In the last game, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb going 3-0 down. We managed to pull it back to 3-2 and kept going right until the end, but if you go three down it’s always difficult,” added Mr Sheerin.
“On a real positive note, we are scoring goals again and we look like a real threat going forward.”
Disappointingly, January window signing Kevin Nicoll is suspended, but the gaffer says: “There are plenty to come in and ‘Banj’ [David Banjo] is champing at the bit to get back into the team.”
The Maroons’ supremo watched Forfar against Rangers on Tuesday and said they may have had one eye on tomorrow.
“They made a couple of changes, taking off Templeman and Hilson, maybe with an idea of giving them a little extra rest,” he revealed.
l The Arbroath Herald was sad to learn of the passing of former Arbroath player/coach Frank Kopel, who has died aged 65 after a long battle with dementia.
The defender, best known for his successful career at Dundee United, where he made 407 appearances and lifted two trophies over 10 years, moved to Arbroath as player/coach in 1982 before retiring from playing in 1984.
Mr Kopel, who began his career with Manchester United and also played for Blackburn Rovers, is survived by wife Amanda and son Scott.