Despite their two nearest challengers yapping at their heels, Arbroath FC manager Allan Moore is pleased with the position the Maroons are in going into the new year.
Some re-jigging on Saturday against Berwick saw the gaffer make best use of his resources.
He said: “We are lucky to have a flexible squad. We have been moving things around. Aldin El-Zubaidi has been a bit erratic over the last few weeks so we put Scott McBride in to see what he can do at the back.
“He took to it like a duck to water! It is only one game, however, and we are looking to strengthen the back more permanently.”
Unsettled by the limited options at the back Moore is keeping an eye open for new possibilities as the season moves into the open transfer window in the new year.
He said: “If we lose Kevin Nicol or McBride or Aldin to injury or suspension we’ve got to start pulling from the middle and that is not an ideal situation.”
Moore has been scouting out some new talent and has his eye on a few pairs of fresh legs: “I was watching a player on Monday night who looks promising when it comes to transfer time.
“I have also just got young player Dylan Easton. He is coming in for 28 days initially and we will assess the situation after that. It gives him an opportunity to see if he likes it and see if we like him.
“He is a really good player, the likes of Carrerio, very industrious. Kieran Stewart spoke very highly of him.”
With only a short breathing space for players around the Christmas table the squad take a hop, skip and jump to East Fife on December 27.
“It is a difficult game against East Fife,” Moore said. “They are hard to predict. They have been hot and cold and had a poor game against Clyde. That can either be they’ve got their heads down or they’ve had a kick up the backside from the manager.
“We don’t know what to expect so we will focus on ourselves, play well and not show any complacency.”
Convinced that fitness is the key to success Moore is trusting that keeping that momentum going, sprinkled with some festive joy from new signings in January and a lot of good character will keep the dogs at bay.
East Fife bus
The bus for the East Fife match at Bayview Stadium tomorrow (Saturday), will leave Gayfield at 1 p.m. with strictly no alcohol allowed.
In recognition of the number of younger supporters, the Club will be hosting a Young Supporters Hospitality Day for the game against Albion Rovers on January 10. The event is aimed towards 13 to 17 year olds and includes a two course meal, complimentary soft drinks, seating in the main stand and a chance to meet the management and players.
The price is £20 with a reduction to £14 for season ticket holders. This would make an ideal Christmas present for the young supporter. Booking can be made by emailing email@example.com