Lichties’ boss hoping to build on 2011’s flying start

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is hoping his side’s hammering of local rivals Montrose is just the starting point of their success in 2011.

On Sunday, the Lichties knocked five goals past the Gable Endies at Links Park in what is their biggest win of the season so far.

The three points now leaves them third in Division Three, only a point behind Albion Rovers who are the Gayfield men’s opponents tomorrow (Saturday).

And the boss believes tomorrow’s game could be an important one for his team if they want to carry on up the league.

He told HeraldSport: “If we can win it will start to put the pressure on Albion Rovers to win their two games in hand over they have over us.

“All teams have a backlog of games and Paul Martin, the Albion Rovers manager will also tell you that this is really going to test and stretch team’s squads.

“Obviously we are on a six game unbeaten run at the minute and we definitely want to try and make it seven games unbeaten tomorrow.

“They haven’t played for quite a while now due to the weather and it had been touch and go whether the game would go ahead but as long as the temperatures don’t go too far below freezing we will get the game on.”

Sunday’s result at Montrose was especially sweet for Lichties’ fans having gone to Links Park twice already this season without winning.

And Mr Sheerin was delighted with both the result and the performance shown by his players, who also kept their third clean sheet in a row.

He added: “It really was an excellent result when you consider it was against our biggest rivals.

“We knew it was going to be tough and we probably got our first goal against the run of play but after that we really got in our stride and it was great to see Josh Falkingham get a couple of goals too.

“Gavin Swankie and Steven Doris who also scored, are really talented footballers and they obviously complement each other very well and they are reaping the benefits of a good partnership.”

After the boss announced last week that that several players are free to move on this month, he has now set his sights on bringing in a centre half on loan to bolster his squad.

But he warned there could be more comings and goings at the club before January is over.

He explained: “We are looking to bring in a centre half before tomorrow on a loan deal and I will probably be speaking to a few more players over the next week, who will be free to leave the club.

“But to be honest I don’t feel rushed to bring players in because we have a good squad and we are on a good run at the moment.”

After a string of good results and performances, half season tickets are selling well at Gayfield but they are still available for supporters.

Prices are £90 for adults, £45 for senior citizens, £30 for juveniles (under-16s) and £15 for juniors (under-12s). Tickets are available at Gayfield.