crunch trip to ayr for Lichties

Alan Cook and Bobby Linn in action against Airdrie in the 3-2 win.
Alan Cook and Bobby Linn in action against Airdrie in the 3-2 win.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin hopes his side seizes the chance to pull away from the pack as they head to Ayr United tomorrow (Saturday).

A 3-2 win against Airdrie on Saturday meant the Lichties moved up to fifth place just one point behind tomorrow’s opponents the Honest Men.

And with the Gayfield men out to make amends after falling to a 3-0 home defeat against them at the start of the campaign, the boss is hopeful of a positive result.

Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “It’s there for all to see that the league is tight so you have to take the opportunities when you can open up a gap.

“With all due respect to Brechin, they have Rangers, and it would be an incredible result if they were to get anything.

“So if Rangers carry on their good form and we get the right result it could open up a slight gap.

“And that would be ideal for us going to Brechin next week.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Ayr United, notched up a convincing 4-1 win away to East Fife on Saturday.

And the boss knows they will also be looking to establish themselves in the play-off places.

He added: “They hadn’t been on a great run but they got a convincing win at the weekend.

“We know it will be tough as they turned us over at home on the first day of the season so we know how to approach it.

“If we can put in a similar performance to the past few weeks, Stranraer aside, we should do well.

“That’s a quarter of the season gone so we should know what all the teams are about now.”

The boss will be hoping that loan striker Lee Erwin will be able to shake off a chest infection for tomorrow’s clash.

Apart from that, the rest of the squad will be fit bar long term injury lay-off Ricky Little.

But the boss hopes it won’t be too long before he is back in training.

He explained: “Ricky will be going in for an operation on the 29th of this month then we will get a better idea of where he is at.

“It will probably be mid December before he can train again so it will probably be like having a new signing come January.”

The Lichties also had a run out on Monday night when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Dundee North End at Gayfield.

Bobby Linn and Pat Smith were on the scoresheet for the home side.

The boss added: “It gave us a good test, even though we were slightly disappointing.”

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