Boss urges caution despite Lichties staying top

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THE LICHTIES might be still riding high at the top of Division Two, but manager Paul Sheerin says he is still just focused on steering clear of the bottom of the table.

Yet another three points on Saturday in a tough Angus derby against Brechin saw the Gayfield men record their sixth straight win.

And with second placed Cowdenbeath coming up against them tomorrow (Saturday), they have the opportunity to possibly go five points clear at the top.

This has prompted one online bookmaker to install Arbroath as title favourites in the Second Division, but Mr Sheerin still thinks it is far to early in the campaign to start believing the hype.

He told HeraldSport: “It is still early days and there will come a time when we will drop points.

But if we can get through these next two games to complete the quarter unscathed it would be incredible and maybe then we could start thinking about something else other than survival.

“At the moment it is just about staying as far as possible away from the bottom and just enjoying being top.

“But I don’t think we have anything to fear in this league and would be nice to go into the international break with a little cushion at the top.”

Tomorrow’s clash against Cowdenbeath will see the Lichties come up against another side who are banging the goals in.

The Blue Brazil have scored on 20 occasions in seven outings, just three times less than Arbroath.

However, the manager will be missing for the important clash after picking up a knee injury at Brechin on Saturday.

And as it is still to be assessed by a specialist, the boss is just hoping it won’t be a lengthy lay-off.

He explained: “I would have liked to have seen a specialist sooner but I will be seeing one next week.

“It is still to early to say but there maybe cartilage damage so there is no timescale yet.

“I’m hopeful it will be good news and that I will be back soon but the early thoughts of a month out maybe looking a bit optimistic.”

But despite the blow of losing himself from the side, Mr Sheerin otherwise has a full squad to pick from.

He added: “It’s hard to say what kind of game we will get as I think everybody is capable of beating each other.

“Cowdenbeath look to be a pretty open, free scoring team like us so there could be a lot of goals.

“It really would be massive for us to pick up another three points before the start of the break and be four or five points clear.

“It would be excellent if we could manage it.”

After tomorrow’s clash the Lichties only have to play Forfar Athletic in two weeks time before having taken on all the teams in the league at least once.

But despite playing down his team’s success the manager is still quietly confident.

He said: “There will come a time when teams will beat us and want to shoot us down.

“But if we had to play any of these teams in a cup final situation then there is no reason for us not to be confident.

“But at the minute I’m certainly not going to get carried away.”