Lichties skipper Mark Whatley chuffed with progress ahead of Clyde visit

Club captain Mark Whatley. Photo - Graham H Black.
Club captain Mark Whatley. Photo - Graham H Black.

Arbroath captain Mark Whatley believes the side is making the right kind of progress on the park.

A great - though losing - display against Queen’s Park two weeks ago was followed by a 2-2 draw at Berwick Rangers on Saturday past.

The draw gave the Lichties their first point of the League Two season but also exhibited a passionate resolve to take something from a game in which the side found themselves 2-0 down after a quarter of an hour.

For Whatley that resilience shows the ability in the team and their movement in the right direction after a disappointing start to the campaign.

Mark said: “The game against Queen’s Park, in terms of performance, was a big positive to build on for the Berwick game and it was disappointing to lose the Queen’s Park game.

“The goals we’ve lost against Berwick were poor and easily avoidable. The timing was really poor as well obviously.

“But it was good to see the character in bouncing back, and the belief that we knew we could get back into it. To take a point away to Berwick isn’t the worst result. Obviously with the start we’ve had it’s been slow, so you’d be eager for the three points but you can only take positives from the comeback and getting a point on the board. So it’s onwards and upwards for us now.

“The goals we scored were very good. Darren’s done well for the first goal, good assist and he looked lively all game. Andy Ryan finished it very well too. Then for the second, Martin Grehan was brilliant all game holding the ball up and bringing the runners in, he’s got the flick-on and Darren smashes it in. Jamie had a chance for 3-2 as well.

“There’s definitely positives. It’s just annoying that we lose those goals, because we give ourselves a mountain to climb. If we keep that 0-0 then go into half-time 1-0 up you see the game out for three points. That’s easy to say now though.

“It feels like we’re moving in the right direction. Montrose was a one-off. Nothing happened in a positive fashion, we didn’t create chances and we didn’t defend well. The Queen’s Park game we played better than we did against Berwick, I thought we did really well. We didn’t get anything out of it which is disappointing but we got a good couple of goals and a point from Berwick, so it’s all in the right direction.”

Next up for Todd Lumsden’s side is the visit of another side fancied for a title challenge, Clyde.

Mark added: “We’re looking forward to Saturday. From results already you see that you can never predict this league week to week. You believe you can win going into every game. Especially being at home we’re looking for the three points. We know if we play to our potential it can be a really good game and we can pick up the three points.”