Disappointing end to up and down season

Paul Sheerin will already be focusing on next season.
Paul Sheerin will already be focusing on next season.

So THAT is the season over and it would be an understatement to say that the campaign ended in a disappointing fashion, writes Jennifer Newton.

A defeat on the final day of the season is never nice, but when it ends your play-off dreams it is a little harder to take.

But like Paul Sheerin said, failure to reach the play-offs didn’t just come down to Saturday’s loss.

There were many times over the course of the season where the Lichties so nearly could have taken points.

But let’s try and look at the positives.

Three years ago, Arbroath was a club which had just been relegated from Division Two with only two players signed on and the future looking bleak.

Paul Sheerin took charge and we all know what happened then.

Last season the Gayfield men challenged Cowdenbeath all the way for the Second Division championship, while the campaign that has just finished established the Lichties as a decent Division Two side.

This year we have also enjoyed cup success with a run into the semi-finals of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup, with only extra-time stopping them from progressing to the final.

Then of course we all enjoyed the famous 1-1 draw against Celtic at Parkhead, which some young Lichties still recall as the best day ever to be an Arbroath fan.

And the replay was almost as good with only a solitary goal from Adam Matthews seeing the Glasgow giants progress.

But even with these great memories and finishing a respectable fifth in the league, for some this is still not enough.

Expectation is at a level so high that only winning week in, week out and challenging for the top of the league will do.

And of course there is nothing wrong with that, what is the point of competing if not to win?

But if we want to go one better next season and make the play-offs, I believe it will no doubt be tougher.

There will be Rangers to compete with, not to mention three teams from Alloa, Brechin, Forfar and Dunfermline.

But that is not to say the Lichties shouldn’t be among these teams and the prospect of this is making us look forward to next season already!