Lichties to bounce back in cup derby

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Paul Sheerin will be stressing to his players just how much local pride will be at stake when his side take on Montrose in the League Cup.

The Lichties welcome their nearest rivals to Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday), with their last competitive outing against the Gable Endies more than two years ago.

Only the boss and midfielder Ross Chisholm are the only players remaining who faced the Links Parks men that day.

And with the Lichties eager to bounce back from their penalty shoot-out Challenge Cup to Stenhousemuir on Saturday, Mr Sheerin will want his side firing on all cylinders.

He told HeraldSport: “After facing Montrose in my first season in charge, I know the importance of this derby and how massive it is for the club and the fans and who gets local bragging rights.

“The only players remaining who played against them the last time are me and Chis so it’s up to us to let them know exactly what it means.

“These games always have an extra edge and anything can happen.

“But hopefully we can get a good crowd in and hope they come in their numbers.”

The Lichties will be hoping to progress in the League Cup tomorrow after being dumped out of the Challenge Cup in the first round at the hands of Stenhousemuir.

In a match that finished 4-4 after extra time, the Gayfield men lost 3-2 on penalties.

But despite the defeat, the boss is remaining positive.

He said: “It is definitely disappointing to be knocked out at this stage after reaching the semi-finals last year.

“It was a bit thrown together defensively with Colin Hamilton and Alex Keddie suspended and Ricky Little coming off injured so early.

“From that respect it was frustrating but there were plenty of positives to take, especially going forward.”

However, one not so positive note is the injury to Ricky Little, which has turned out to be a broken metatarsal.

The new signing was taken off just six minutes into his debut for the Lichties and it looks like he could be sidelined for at least a month.

On a brighter note, Mr Sheerin will be able to welcome back Keddie and Hamilton who return from one match bans.

The manager explained: “Ricky will be in cast for the next three weeks before he can do anything and it is a huge blow for him and us just six minutes into his debut.

“But we will have Hamilton and Keddie back this week so there will be more options.

“David Banjo has played at right back on two occasions where we have kept clean sheets so we do have cover.

“But we will have everybody else fit and ready to go.”