Lichties in last chance saloon

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin in action against Rangers.  Pic: Graham Black.
Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin in action against Rangers. Pic: Graham Black.

Arbroath will face the Warriors of Stenhousemuir tomorrow (Saturday) in what is a vital battle in the Lichties’ war against relegation.

Encounters with the Ochilview men have been entertaining this season with the clubs sharing a number of goals.

But as they head west tomorrow it is imperative that Paul Sheerin’s men return with the three points if they are to have any chance of preserving their League One status.

“They haven been pretty even games, but we haven’t come out on top in the bulk of them which has really been the story of our season,” Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport.

“Our position is simple we must start winning games and that has to start on Saturday. Maybe the other three teams will write us off now, think that they are trying to avoid a relegation play-off spot and start cutting each other’s throats.

“A win on Saturday would put a bit of pressure back on them.

“Stenhousemuir are still in with a chance of making the play-offs and they desperately want the points for a different reason. They also have a new manager with Boothy [Scott Booth] coming in and want to prove to him that they deserve to be part of his squad.”

For tomorrow’s clash, the Lichties will have loan signing Ryan McGeever in the squad.

The 19-year-old started his career with Queen’s Park, before joining Falkirk in 2012. He had a successful loan spell at Peterhead earlier this season, netting two goals in nine appearances.

“I tried to sign Ryan in the transfer window on a permanent deal, but didn’t want to use the loan then in case we needed it for another purpose,” revealed the gaffer.

“He will give us another option, a little competition and also add some quality I hope.”

Otherwise, Arbroath will have a full squad to choose from, other than long term injury victims Leighton McIntosh and Connor Birse. David Banjo is expected to return, while Alan Cook, who didn’t manage to train on Monday, is also expected to be fit.

Having performed well against Rangers, can the Maroons build on this and return with the three points?

“We have been in this position before, having performed well and lost games, but we haven’t continued the good form,” said Mr Sheerin. “We let ourselves down against Ayr, but I am confident we can bounce back from the last two games tomorrow.”

l Meanwhile, the club has launched a Facebook page. Already with over 600 likes, it is well worth checking out as page manager Graham Black has done a superb job.