Lichties’ gaffer nets manager of the month award

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AN OPENING run of results that has seen Arbroath top the table has landed manager Paul Sheerin the Division Two manager of the month award for August.

In their first four matches the Lichties have collected nine points and scored an astonishing 13 goals to become early front runners in the league.

And even though Mr Sheerin admitted it was nice to get recognition, he told HeraldSport it was more important for the club as a whole.

He explained: “I wasn’t really expecting it. They are always one of those things that you forget about until they come around.

“It is nice to get this sort of recognition personally, but it is more important for everyone as it shows the club is moving in the right direction and also reflects on the players and coaching staff.

“We have been fortunate to have three home games so far but at the same time you have to win these games and we have also been scoring a lot of goals.”

After the break on Saturday for the international weekend, the Lichties will be returning to action tomorrow (Saturday) with a long away trip to Dumbarton.

In their only away match so far this season, the Gayfield men fell to a defeat against Stenhousemuir and the boss is hoping that was only a blip.

He said: “It will be tough as they are coming into the game off the back of a 6-0 win in their last game.

“They are established in this division now so it will be nice to get something away from home especially after the Stenhousemuir game.

“It will be interesting as we haven’t come up against them yet so it is good to play these teams and see their styles of play.

“Hopefully Stenhousemuir was just a blip as it was a real disappointment that day as we were below standard.

“We need to have the right mentality and if that isn’t enough then we will obviously look at things when we are away from home.

Mr Sheerin will be able to welcome back Stuart Malcolm, Keith Gibson, Kieran McAnespie and Mark Baxter for tomorrow’s clash as his injury list starts to recede.

However, he will be without Jordan Elfverson who is still struggling.

He added: “Apart from Jordan Elfverson we are looking pretty strong at last.

“We have 18 out of 19 fit so hopefully it can continue although we know that won’t always be the case.

“People will pick up injuries in the division.”

Despite a free weekend the Lichties were in action on Monday night with a bounce game against junior side Kinnoull in Perth where they ran out 5-2 winners.

But the manager says he is itching to get back to league action tomorrow.

He said: “With the weekend off it was a good game just to blow off the cobwebs and we also managed to get four young boys involved.

“But we are all desperate to get back after the mini break now we are in a better position with injuries and having added two more to the squad, which is massive for us.

“So really it came at a good time.”

l THE TUTTIES Arbroath Supporters’ Club bus for tomorrow’s away match at Dumbarton leaves from outside the pub at 11.15 a.m.

The cost is £13 for members and £16 for non members.

Anyone wanting a seat is advised to book by calling Nicola on 07882 466803 or Tutties on 873627.