Looking forward to Warriors’ clash

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ARBROATH’S player/manager Paul Sheerin hopes to continue the club’s Second Division campaign with their first away win.

The Lichties will face Stenhousemuir at Ochilview Park and Mr Sheerin is looking forward to what should prove an interesting clash.

With both side and ground an unknown variable, the Warriors could make the Lichties’ lives difficult tomorrow (Saturday).

Mr Sheerin said: “Yeah, we’re definitely looking forward to the game. They’re a Second Division side, so we’ve not come up against them before.

“Our first away game of the new season to a good side should give us a bit of a test as they are an experienced Second Division team.”

Mr Sheerin believes that Stenhousemuir manager David Irons has made some strong additions to his squad over the summer recess.

These include seasoned players like Kevin McKinlay from Greenock Morton, Stewart Kean and Andy Rodgers from Ayr United and Brown ‘Bomber’ Ferguson from East Stirlingshire.

Mr Sheerin said: “Stenhousemuir definitely pose a danger to us. They have a wealth of experienced players, and on top of that David Irons has made a lot of good signings over the summer.”

The Warriors will also be keen to get their own campaign into gear, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brechin City at Glebe Park on Saturday.

Mr Sheerin believes they will have something to prove tomorrow at Ochilview Park. He said: “Obviously they are going to want to bounce back from that loss and get some points on the board.

“Most clubs aim to do well at home and grab a few points at away matches. For example, at Arbroath, we try to turn Gayfield into the proverbial fortress and not concede any points.

“Stenhousemuir are going to be desperate to win at home and get those three points.”

Mr Sheerin remains confident of their chances, and aims to use their resounding victory against Albion Rovers. He continued: “I think after scoring six goals on Saturday we are reasonably confident. You find that kind of thing breeds confidence and we’ll be taking that into Saturday’s game.”

Ever the pragmatist, Mr Sheerin recognises that even with a 6-2 win under their belts, there is still work to be done.

He admitted: “I was disappointed with the goals we lost. We were two nil up and we got too comfortable and allowed them to score two quick goals.

“We’ll be working on that and hopefully we’ll be fixed for Saturday. I’m going to worry more about us than the other team, there’s nothing I can do about that.

“So, fingers crossed.”