Boss urges players to show they can be contenders

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is calling on his players to show how far they have come when they make the tough trip to Berwick Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).

On the Lichties’ last trip to Shielfield Park they were on the receiving end of a crushing 4-1 defeat in what proved to be a shaky start to the season.

But now the Gayfield men are on a solid six-game unbeaten run, which has seen them climb to third in Division Three.

And if the Maroons manage to maintain their record tomorrow, the boss believes it will show his players are worthy of their league position.

He told HeraldSport: “With the top of the table being close, it is definitely another six pointer against Berwick and hopefully with another three points we can create a cushion for ourselves at the top of the table.

“But we all know this game and the next couple of weeks are going to be tough.

“There is no doubt Berwick are a good side and we really did struggle there at the start of the season.

“They have some great players such as Gribben, O’Reilly and Brazil so there’s potential for a lot of goals.

“When we beat them at Gayfield, I think that was very much the turning point of our season so it would be great if we could go there and show how far we have come.”

New loan signing Craig Wedderburn from Raith Rovers will be available for selection tomorrow, but as Mr Sheerin promised, other players have been told they are free to leave the club.

The boss explained: “Paddy Deane’s deal runs out at the end of the week so he will be moving on and I have also told Robbie Ross he will be available for transfer.

“Jim Hamilton has now had his contract terminated by the club and it is now likely that he will sign for East Fife.

“But we now have Craig on loan until the end of the season who has come highly recommended from John McGlynn as a central defender.

“I have brought him in to provide cover but as our defence have kept three clean sheets in the past three games, I don’t want to be changing too much.”

Saturday’s planned fixture against Albion Rovers became one of the victims of the continued cold snap when it was called off on Friday, adding to the Lichties’ backlog of fixtures.

And with three games already needing to be re-arranged for midweek, the manager is predicting a tough time when the weather improves.

He added: “The weather is just one of these things you can’t do much about although it looks like we have managed to fit more games in than most.

“It will be hard because we are going to have a spell of playing both Saturday and Wednesday for a few weeks so it will be very demanding.

“But with the squad we have got here, we should be able to cope.

“We just need to keep this run up because it is looking quite tight in the league and we want to stay in the mix near the top.”