hope for boost from new blood

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Gaffer Allan Moore felt like he had seen it all before after Arbroath’s clash against Clyde mirrored the mistakes at the Queen’s Park game.

He said: “In fairness I thought we were a bit unlucky but it was deja vu of the Queens game. The second half we came out all guns blazing but Clyde have improved and added experience to their team so we were left chasing the game.

“It is becoming too much of a habit for us.”

The Lichties piled on the pressure in a bid to fight back but failed to put anything more than an equaliser away. Moore said: “The main problem is throwing our chances away, Simon [Murray] is going through a sticky patch what with his recent change in circumstances but we are sticking by him, hoping the tide will turn.

“We need our other players to take chances too.”

Despite the gap closing at the top of the league Arbroath are yet to start quivering too much. Holding the lead for so long brings pressure but as Moore extolled ‘you can’t expect to hold a six point lead forever.’

Bolstering the dwindling team comes two sets of fresh legs from Falkirk in defender Liam Rowan and midfielder Thomas Grant.

No stranger to Maroon, rumour also has it that Hearts’ centre-half Liam Gordon, will soon be joining the Arbroath ranks.

Looking to the East Fife game tomorrow, Moore is confident a few missed games for the boys from Bayview will work in Arbroath’s favour.

“It certainly threw us off our stride and it may have the same affect on East Fife.

“We know what’s at stake and we’ve got to get back to winning ways.”

Hibs clash tickets

Arrangements have now been finalised for the William Hill Scottish Cup match away to Hibernian on Saturday, February 7. Admission will be £15 for adults and £5 for concessions (over-65, under-18 and full-time students on production of a current matriculation card).

Hibernian FC will be handling ticket sales and these can be bought on the day of the match from a ticket pod which is adjacent to the away stand. The ticket is then produced at the turnstile to gain entry, with stewards on hand to assist if required. Arbroath supporters should ensure they arrive in good time to purchase their ticket before the match.

The club is running buses to the match leaving Gayfield at 11 a.m. on the day. Seats, priced at £10 each, must be booked in advance at Gayfield. If you can’t get down to the ground, but still want to buy a bus ticket call 01241 872157.

club appointment

AFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Ewen West to the club’s board of directors.

Ewen has been involved at the club over the past two seasons since his retiral as health and safety advisor and security officer.

As well as bringing a wealth of experience, Ewen is now also taking a lead role in all aspects of the commercial side of the club and has already made a considerable mark with his organisation and marketing skills, which will have future financial benefits for the club.