League opener is a must win clash

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It might only be the first game of the league campaign but Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin says nothing less than three points will do.

Only two games into the competitive season, the Lichties are already out of both Challenge and League cups after defeats to Stenhousemuir and Montrose on Saturday.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Maroons kick-off the newly renamed Scottish League One season with a home match against Ayr United.

And Mr Sheerin is desperate to get back to winning ways and get an early three points on the board.

He told HeraldSport: “We need to start winning now we are out of two cups already.

“We need to pick up points as soon as possible and to get the win in the first league match would be ideal.

“Losing to Montrose on Saturday was a disappointment especially in the manner we went about it.

“I think when you look back we probably deserved to win the game.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Ayr United finished mid-table during the last campaign but did manage to record a 4-1 win at Gayfield in a controversial match in March.

But on Tuesday they too were knocked out of the League Cup after suffering a 2-1 defeat by Partick Thistle.

And the boss believes they will be just as hungry for the win tomorrow.

He added: “I’m sure Ayr United will be in the exact same position as us and will be desperate to get off the mark as soon as possible.

“It will be a tough game but they did have to play on Tuesday night whereas we have had more rest than them so hopefully it will benefit us.”

So far only Ricky Little, who is still recovering from a broken toe, will miss out with the rest of the squad fit.

And with several weeks left until the transfer window closes until January, Mr Sheerin is hopeful of bringing in one or two more players to boost his squad.

He explained: “We are still trying to bring players in and we have an offer pending on one player, so I hope to hear back in the next couple of days.

“We will keep striving to bring in who we want and we still have scope for another couple of players.”

l Hospitality packages are still available for the Lichties’ first league derby of the season against Brechin City on August 31. Anybody interested can contact Julie Harper on 07865195158. Supporters are also reminded that Arbroath’s home match against Rangers that was due to be played on Saturday, November 23, has now been moved. It will be played on Monday, November 25, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off as the match will be broadcast live on new channel BT Sport.