Crunch time beckons for Lichties

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A PLACE in the play-offs is still in their hands, according to Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin as the Lichties look ahead to two crunch fixtures.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gayfield men entertain Stenhousemuir, who are also eyeing up a play-off spot and are just three points behind them.

This is then followed by an important Angus derby next Saturday away to Forfar Athletic, who are currently occupying fourth spot.

But with seven games of the campaign left and despite a tough run-in, Mr Sheerin believes it is up to the players now to ensure a crack at promotion.

He told HeraldSport: “The next two games are huge for us, starting with Stenhousemuir tomorrow as we are starting to run out of fixtures now.

“We have picked up seven points out of the last four games, which isn’t bad but we need to improve in this last quarter because the play-offs could then become an uphill struggle.

“It is up to ourselves now to get where we want to be and it is still in our hands.

“A win tomorrow would be ideal as it would give us a six point gap from Stenhousemuir and it is nice to get away from your nearest rivals.

“I know it is a cliché but every game now is turning into a cup final.”

The boss should have everybody available for the clash apart from striker Steven Doris, who is still struggling with injury.

He explained: “At the moment Doris is probably 50/50.

“He was named on the bench on Saturday as he thought he was fit but he pulled up in the warm up.

“So it will be a late decision on him but everybody else should be fit.”

But Mr Sheerin added he is quietly confident for tomorrow’s game after taking encouragement from Saturday’s performance, which saw the Lichties record a 1-1 draw with league leaders Queen of the South.

He said: “It’s not a bad result and it could prove to be important come the end of the season.

“But it was a blow conceding late on and it did feel like a kick in the teeth.”