Lichties ready for tough test

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin believes the visit of Stirling Albion to Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday) will provide the Lichties with a real test after a promising start to their Second Division campaign.

After an important 3-0 win against East Fife on Saturday, the boss is eager to collect maximum points once again before the international break.

But first they must try to overcome a Binos’ side that is tipped for the top come the end of the season, and is managed by former Gayfield boss Jocky Scott.

And Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport it would be a huge boost if his side were to seal a victory.

He said: “If we were to take six points from these two home games then it really would stand us in good stead.

“They have just come down from the First Division and we are just up from the Third so it will be a real test for us.

“If we can go in with three points before the mini break then it will be massive for us.

“They have a great management team in Jocky Scott and John Blackley so it will be tough.

“Kieran McAnespie who is injured went down to watch them on Saturday and said they are hard working and put men behind the ball so it will be difficult.”

The boss may still be without McAnespie for tomorrow’s clash as he is struggling with a calf injury.

Defender Stewart Malcolm and youngster Jordan Elfverson are also doubts after picking up knocks in Monday’s training game against Jeanfield Swifts.

The bounce game gave Mr Sheerin the opportunity to cast his eye over some of the younger members of the squad and despite leading 2-0, the Lichties went on to lose 3-2.

The boss added: “With all due respect to Jeanfield Swifts, I really don’t think we should be losing games to them, especially when we are 2-0 up.

“It was good to have a game instead of training so the likes of Lee Bryce and Kerrzo [Brian Kerr] who didn’t play at the weekend got a run out.

“With the squad being tight all of the players need a run out.

“But now we just want to get more points on the board and set ourselves up nicely before the mini break.”