Lichties joint top as Sheerin warns of tough spell ahead

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is hoping to make it two consecutive home wins as he warns of a difficult time ahead for the Lichties.

Tomorrow (Saturday), they line up against Dumbarton at Gayfield in what will be their first and only home fixture of November.

And the manager believes this makes it even more important that they pick up three points tomorrow before away matches against Stirling Albion, Airdrie United and Keith in the Scottish Cup.

Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “Our home form has been pretty good and the home games are the ones you need to win.

“It will be a difficult spell coming up for us so it is important we go and compete so we can stay up there and hopefully win games away from home too.

“We have now opened up a gap from third place so everything is looking healthy at the moment and we have done well to win five out of our six home games so far.”

Tomorrow’s opponents are currently fifth in Division Two and Arbroath have already played out a seven-goal thriller against the Sons.

And the boss added he is looking for the same sort of result tomorrow.

He said: “Dumbarton play very open and it was 4-3 at their place so maybe it was a bit too open for our liking.

“But we will be looking for much of the same result.

“Hopefully we will have everybody available apart from me. Jordan Elfverson trained on Monday and Stuart Malcolm will be back after being ill on Saturday.”

A Steven Doris penalty was enough for the Lichties to overcome Stenhousemuir at Gayfield on Saturday.

It marked their first win in four games after a defeat away to Albion Rovers the previous week.

And the boss was delighted with how his players bounced back after suffering only their second loss of the season.

He added: “In the first half, I don’t know if it was just the conditions but we weren’t quite right but in the second half it was the best I’ve seen us play in a while.

“It was vital we got back to winning because bad habits can start to creep in and then it becomes difficult.

“It was becoming concerning that we hadn’t won in three games.

“But our defence looks to have been much tighter in recent weeks although we probably haven’t been scoring as many goals as we did earlier in the season.”

Saturday’s victory also featured 21-year-old midfielder Carlo Monti who played the game as a trialist.

He is currently playing in the amateur ranks for King’s Park Rangers and has also made 49 appearances for Greenock Morton.

But despite playing on Saturday and training with the squad on Monday night, Mr Sheerin is yet to make a final decision on whether to sign him.

He explained: “I think it was a hard game for him to show what he could do but he has also been training with us this week.

“He looks to be a decent footballer but we have to think that budgets are tight so we are not going to make any quick decisions.

“We have to make sure he is entirely what we are looking for.”